You know the circumstantces by now - bottom of the eighth inning in a 4-4 game. Shane Victorino had come out of the game with what Red Sox manager John Farrell would describe as "general soreness...general tightness." Daniel Nava was now in right field heading back toward the fence on a fly ball by Avisail Garcia. Nava appeared to catch the ball for an out, and then drop the ball on the transfer to his throwing hand (pictured). Click here to see the video.
Second base umpire Mike DiMuro had a different opinion, saying that there was no catch. Nava and Farrell argued in vain; Farrell, in fact, was thrown out of the game for the first time this season.
After the game, umpire crew chief Ted Barrett defended the call. "To have a catch, you have to have complete control and voluntary release,” he said. “[DiMuro] had him with control, but did not have the voluntary release. When he flipped the ball out of his glove, he never got it into his ...