NLCS Game 3: Famous Wrigley Field Ivy Totally Screws Mets Out Of A Run
The Mets found themselves the victims of yet another controversial play on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NLCS, only this time we know the scapegoat is definitely in no danger of being suspended.
With two out in the sixth inning and the Mets Michael Conforto on first, Wilmer Flores hit a line drive that bounced by the right fielder and disappeared into the famous Ivy covered outfield wall at Wrigley Field. The center fielder Dexter Fowler gave up fairly quickly, raising his hands to signal to the umps that the ball was gone.
The ground rule that has been set in place for as long as anyone remembers for a ball that disappears into the Ivy meant that Flores would get sent to second and Conforto would stay at third. That's where the controversy arose, as it was clear that Conforto would have scored on the play had the ball remained in play. It goes without saying that one run in a 3-2 game on the road in the NLCS is no small thing, so Mets manager Terry Collins tried to argue it with the home plate umpire, to no avail.
On the next at bat, pitcher Jacob deGrom flied out to end the inning.
For further clarification on the rule, MLB.com baseball columnist Phil Rodgers explains it best:
So essentially the Cubs got lucky, as sports teams often do. Normally, having the batter and all runners get two bases would be a pretty decent deal for the team on offense. In this particular situation though, the Mets were robbed of a sure thing. Had the ball bounced off the wall and back into play - or if Fowler had attempted to find the ball in the ivy, therefore keeping it in play - the Mets would've ended the inning up at least one extra run.
Obviously baseball Twitter wasn't shy about jumping on the ivy trend, and you can bet your ass that Mets fans were all kinds of worked up about it. Apparently the Cubs have heard it all before because they were definitely ready and waiting...
Classic! This isn't the first time that this has happened to a team at Wrigley and obviously if it's up to the Cubs, it won't be the last.
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