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Lonestar Ball: "It wasn't interference"

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They quote the rule book. And maybe they're right. But to play devil's advocate: 1. Marquez apparently DID see the play, otherwise he couldn't have called it. He saw it out of the corner of his eye probably, but he saw it. 2. While Anderson didn't grab Young around the waist and guide him back to third base, touching a player (even on the fingertips) tells that player exactly what you want them to do. 3. Any rule that says "In the judgment of the umpire" really leaves a pretty wide berth for interpretation...of the umpire. 4. Therefore, Marquez could have interpreted the touching of the fingers as "assistance". Imagine you're in a room without light. Somebody, by lightly touching the pads of their fingers to yours, can tell you where they want you to go with just a moment's pressure. That's assistance. And in full daylight, when you're trying to figure out where the ball is and whether you need to hustle back to third base, a touch like that can help. Did it help? I don't know. It could. And really, that's the core of this matter--whether that touch, no matter how light, could have helped. It was a questionable call, there's no doubt about it. But when a rule is open to an umpire's interpretation, you know what the best course of action is? Don't touch the third base coach, and better yet don't put yourself in a position where you let the umpire think you've touched the third base coach. At the end of the day, it's a crappy way to end the game. I'd much prefer to have ended it straight up in the next at-bat. But this kind of thing happens, and a play like this wouldn't have been this crucial if the thousands of other unique events before it played out a different way. If the Twins came through with more runs in the sxith, or if C.J. Wilson's command didn't suck, this event may never have taken place. Let's move on.

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