Kate Upton jumped into the debate about a controversial call made during Game 6 of the World Series that led to the ejection of Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez.
The Maxim Hot 100 beauty and wife of Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander tweeted her thoughts after Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was ruled out for interfering with a ball thrown by Astros reliever Brad Peacock.
“He wasn’t within the base path,” Upton captioned a photo of the infield. “Those who don’t know the rule you HAVE to run inside the 2 lines. Not sure why the review is taking so long…”
MLB.com has a full breakdown what went down:
With Yan Gomes at first and no outs, Turner hit a weak grounder toward third base, where Astros pitcher Brad Peacock fielded the ball and tried to throw him out at first. The throw arrived at first the same time as Turner, who knocked the glove from first baseman Yuli Gurriel as the ball rolled into foul territory down the right-field line. As a result, Turner advanced to second base and Gomes went to third.
Plate umpire Sam Holbrook called Turner out for interference, which also meant that Gomes had to return to first. Martinez came out of the dugout to dispute the call, but because the decision was considered a “judgment call,” the play was not reviewable. And for the same reason -- it was a judgment call -- the game could not be played under protest.
Still, the umpires did go to the review headsets during an ensuing pitching change, because, as MLB’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre explained to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, both managers were told before the start of the World Series that they could ask the umps to go to the headsets if they were concerned about any rule being misinterpreted, whether it was specifically for a replay review or not.
Though the call was upheld, the Nationals ultimately won 7-2 to force Game 7. The New York Post reports that Verlander threw 93 pitches and allowed three runs over five innings Tuesday night.
His disappointing performance thus far in the Series makes it unlikely that he will participate in the championship-deciding game, which airs at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday night on Fox.