During Saturday night’s 7-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Wilmer Flores hit what looked like his 11th home run of the season, a deep shot to left field to lead off the ninth inning.
However, as left fielder David Dahl went back to the wall to try and catch it, a young fan reached over the fence and caught the ball.
The third-base umpire Chris Guccione ruled it a home run, but as Flores circled the bases, Dahl and Charlie Blackmon were shouting that the fan interfered and Rockies manager Walt Weiss came out to argue the call, leading to a video review.
Meanwhile the fan who caught the ball taunted Dahl and even gave him the Dikembe Mutombo “No, No, No” finger wag. He was escorted out of the park by security.
After a four minute wait, the replay umpires called Flores out, ruling that Dahl would have caught the ball without the interference.
Meanwhile, a stunned Wilmer Flores couldn’t believe what had just unfolded. After the game, the usually reserved Mets infielder was letting it all out with a volley of f-bombs.
“Well, all I know, you can’t f’king assume,” Flores said. “You can’t assume he’s going to catch the ball. I don’t know what the rule is, but watching the video, you can’t f’king assume. He didn’t even reach for the ball. He didn’t even jump.”
Terry Collins agreed saying, “I don’t understand how they can assume that ball is going to get caught.”
The ruling had no impact on the game’s outcome as the Mets went on to lose their fourth game in a row,