The infield fly rule is to prevent an infield from intentionally dropping a pop up to start a double play. But as you can tell, that ball was in in the infield. And the ball wasn’t intentionally dropped. It fell because of the fielder’s error. And with the umpire giving such a late call on the fly rule, we had angry fans tossing beer bottles onto the field.
Whatever explanation MLB sends us, it will not make any sense. The fact that this was one of the worst calls in league history, it led to two outs and the Braves were unable to build on their rally.
But I do look forward to whatever explanation MLB gives as to why the Braves protest was denied or how they explain the rule — a rule they don’t even know.
And this is a shame that Chipper Jones’ final game will be remembered for this. The future Hall of Famer deserves better than this but I won’t take away what he did for me in his 19 years in the big leagues. I have been a huge fan of his play and I am so grateful for what he did.
Thanks Chipper for everything. No board your crazy train into retirement.