Rules. Can’t live with ‘em. Can’t live without ‘em.
With the bases loaded in the first inning of Saturday’s Washington Nationals game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Michael Morse crushed a first-pitch sinker from Kyle Lohse into right field. It appeared to bounce off the scoreboard above the top of the wall for an opposite field grand slam. However, the ball bounced back onto the field, and Morse was thrown out as the base runners got jammed, as the ball was thought to have hit the top of the fence.
A livid Davey Johnson, the manager of the Nats, came out of the dugout and convinced the umpires to review the play. After seeing the video replay, the crew agreed that it was indeed a home run, and the Nationals were granted their four runs … but only if they reenacted the hit, presumably to entertain the fans of pantomime in attendance at Busch Stadium.
Watch the entirety of the video above as the umpires force Morse to pretend to hit a grand slam, after actually doing so, in order for his team to collect the four runs that they’re due. If only his original swing had more #Natitude, this wouldn’t have been a problem.