Michael Morse of the Nationals was asked to hit a grand slam with an invisible bat after a call was overturned in Saturday’s game between the Nats and the Cardinals. I’ll try to explain this in more detail as thoroughly as possible.
Okay, so Morse hit a fly ball to right field with the bases loaded in the first inning. The ball bounced off the second right field wall and back onto the field, but Carlos Beltran played the ball as if it were live. The ball was thrown into the infield, and second baseman Skip Schumaker tagged Morse out at first.
However, the umps decided to review the call, and after looking at the replay, they determined that Morse indeed hit a grand slam. After Morse ran the bases in reverse, the umps then put the other players back on their original bases and told Morse to emulate a grand slam. Morse did so and then ran the bases in the traditional order.
Very, very strange. I have never seen such a thing. I guess you still can’t predict baseball.
[via Larry Brown Sports]