The Last Great Call(s)

It is a scene unlike almost any other game-ending moment in World Series history. One team sprinting out of its dugout to celebrate; the other team racing toward the same spot on the field to point fingers at the umpire who has just made a call that will go down in World Series history. Here is some of the frantic commotion that ensues, according to the earwitnesses.

Saltalamacchia: "It was kind of chaotic after I heard the call, of him saying that he was safe when I know, for a fact, that I tagged him out before he touched home. I didn't quite understand that."

DeMuth: "Salty, he said something like, 'I tagged him.' And I was trying to explain to him, 'No, Salty. We had obstruction down there.' And then John [Farrell] was coming up from behind Salty, quick enough that I go, 'Let me explain it to John.' And with John, it was, 'What's going on?' And that's when I started going through exactly what I'm going through with you."

Joyce: "When John Farrell got out there, I went down there as fast as I could get down there. And Dana was explaining to him, matter-of-factly, that we had obstruction at third base, and that that run was going to be scored. When I got down there, I was saying exactly the same thing to John Farrell. I said, 'John, we had obstruction at third base.' I didn't say Middlebrooks didn't get out of his way. I said, 'He could not get out of his way.' And after Dana, me and then John [Hirschbeck] explained to him what had happened, it was like John [Farrell] accepted it. He didn't like it, but he accepted it. There was no screaming or yelling or anything like that. It was kind of like a calming moment, almost. ... I've watched the video a couple times, and John just seems to turn around and walk away."

Farrell:: "That rule is straightforward. ... There's no gray in that rule. It's very black and white. And when they made the call, they knew there's no going back on it. You can't argue that. It's just a straight determination of what took place."

Joyce: "I remember [Dustin] Pedroia kind of standing there, with his hands stretched out, like, 'How?' Or 'Why?' Or 'What happened?' Or 'Why is it like this?' And I remember kind of just turning around. And I wanted to say to him, 'Because it's obstruction. It just happened.' I wanted to say, 'It's nobody's fault. It's a rule. And you have to enforce the rules. That's why we're here.' But nothing ever came out."

DeMuth:: "The game was over, and it was really noisy. And it was just trying to get it to where you could hear. If you look through that crowd, it was a number of us. Jimmy Joyce was trying to explain it to somebody. Hirschbeck finally got in from [left field], and he started trying to explain the obstruction rule to different people. And I remember [second-base umpire] Billy Miller was off to my right. He was trying to explain it ... to Pedroia. I remember seeing that, when I made the call, Pedroia was off to my right, in between the mound and home plate area. And I remember, when I made the call, looking towards Pedroia because he was coming towards me with a blank look on his face, like, 'How could you miss that?' That was [on] his face."

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