Jacob Stallings reacts to a fan interference call on his potential home run. Apr 21, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Jacob Stallings (25) reacts ahead of Seattle Mariners second baseman Jorge Polanco (7) after a play in the ninth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Making a prediction of what will come from a replay review is often difficult. But that played out in a particularly interesting way Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader between the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies. There, the Rockies looked to have a game-winning home-run from No. 9 hitter Jacob Stallings in the bottom of the ninth, but it was eventually called an out thanks to fan interference with left fielder Dylan Moore. Here’s how the play looked live on the Mariners’ Root Sports Northwest broadcast:

Mariners’ broadcasters Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers were initially quite convinced this wasn’t coming back, with Goldsmith saying “This game is over”:

But, after a crew chief challenge, this was ruled an out due to fan interference. And that shocked the Seattle broadcasters:

Meanwhile, the Rockies’ broadcast team picked up on potential fan interference faster, but incorrectly concluded “That’s a homer”:

This was a reasonably tough one to predict. There’s lots to consider there, including a determination on if the fan’s contact with the ball came in the field of play or not and a determination of if Moore would have caught it without interference. But it’s still interesting to see how the different broadcasts approached it, and particularly, how confident the Mariners’ broadcast team initially was that the game was over. (The Rockies did eventually win 2-1 in the 10th, but this was still a remarkable moment.)

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