Jose Altuve admits being ‘upset’ over interference call
The Houston Astros had plenty of chances to win Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday night, but it had to hurt that they lost by two after having a potential two-run home run taken away due to fan interference. While Jose Altuve is never really one to complain, the Astros star can’t help but feel like the wrong call was made.
Following Houston’s heartbreaking 8-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Altuve said he was “upset” over umpire Joe West calling interference on the field and the play being upheld.
Jose Altuve: “It’s hard for me to say something when it doesn’t matter what I say, they’re not going to change it. Normally, I don’t get mad about umpires calls. That one, I was a little upset.”
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) October 18, 2018
Most would agree that the Red Sox caught a break, so you can’t blame Altuve or any other Astros player who feels the team was cheated out of two runs. Replays appeared to show that the ball was over the wall as Betts was trying to make a play on it, meaning it should not have been interference since the fan did not reach over into the field of play. There simply wasn’t enough replay evidence to overturn West’s call.
Altuve and his teammates can steam about the call all they want, but they still have another game to play on Thursday in hopes of keeping their season alive. Their best bet is to move on as quickly as possible and leave the complaining to people like Kate Upton.