Astros Fan Says Interference Call During American League Championship Series Was Not His Fault
The man who allegedly interfered with the catch spoke to Inside Edition about what happened afterward, saying security escorted him out of the stadium.
In the bottom of the first inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a fly ball toward the stands. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts gave chase, and stretched his glove over the wall and into a crowd of fans.
Replays showed Betts' glove appeared to close a hair early, missing the catch. However, he claimed he felt a fan push his glove out of the way. Altuve was ultimately ruled out by fan interference.
"So if a player is IN the stands fans are suppose to move over?" she tweeted. "If those are the rules MLB shouldn’t let fans sit there. They didn’t reach over the fence."
The man who allegedly interfered with the catch spoke to Inside Edition about what happened afterward, saying security ended up escorting him out of the stadium.
"Jose Altuve got a great hit," Troy Caldwell said, adding that he doesn't think he interfered with the catch at all. "I saw it coming right away ... I saw my opportunity to catch a home run ball and I put my hands up.
"The ball hit my hand and bounced back out onto the field and I thought it was a home run for sure," he added.
Afterward, Caldwell said security approached him. "I thought they were going to ask me to leave and they said ... 'Per our views and what our security has told us, you never went over the line so you're good.'"
While Caldwell was a little nervous that fans would attack him, he said everyone at the stadium was understanding.
"A lot of fans out there were telling us you did nothing wrong," he said.
Social media, however, is another story.
"Some people can just be flat mean," Caldwell said, adding that people have been posting pictures of him with his kids and saying, "'This is the guy that cost them the game, go get him.'"
"I don't respect that at all," he said. "... I'm sorry. At the end of the day, I don't think that caused them to lose the game."
The Astros fan firmly believes his team, who are one game away from elimination, will bounce back.
"We've come back from worse," Caldwell said.
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