A truly amazing spring training lowlight from Mets-Astros this afternoon, as an A.J. Reed ball hit past Yoenis Cespedes stuck at the base of the wall. It didn’t wedge under anything; it wasn’t trapped, or unreachable; it wasn’t obstructed in any way that would have warranted the umpire calling dead ball and awarding a ground-rule double.
Cespedes just took one look at it and said nah.
“How am I ever going to get this ball? Better try to call time.”
A confused Reed circled the bases, and was given a home run, because, you know, the ball was just sitting there on the dirt. An umpire jogged out to explain to Cespedes why the ball was still in play. When Cespedes protested, the ump showed him what he might have tried doing.
The ump was having none of it:
Cespedes remained unimpressed.
Baseball is a good sport.