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'Get over it,' says Phillies fan who interfered

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In the end, the interpretation of the rules, back-and-forth about who did or didn't request a replay, and the frustration of 14 lost innings of baseball could have been totally avoided had two Phillies fans not reached into the field of play.

'Get over it,' says Phillies fan who interfered

Fans interfere with the Marlins´ Bryan Peterson as he attempts to catch Hunter Pence´s drive in the sixth inning. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
Fans interfere with the Marlins' Bryan Peterson as he attempts to catch Hunter Pence's drive in the sixth inning. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In the end, the interpretation of the rules, back-and-forth about who did or didn't request a replay, and the frustration of 14 lost innings of baseball could have been totally avoided had two Phillies fans not reached into the field of play.

Alex Dicandio and Augie Fitzhenry, two friends and students at the University of South Florida, paid $15 for their tickets in the first row. Mike Berardino from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel found the two outside Sun Life Stadium after they were ejected and they pleaded ignorance.

The ball was coming right at them. So they reached over, and possibly changed the outcome of a game.

"The Phillies are 45 games over .500," said Fitzhenry, who wore a green shirt and touched the ball first. "Get over it."

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They're actually 40 over .500 now. And yeah, Game 136 will likely have no bearing on the outcome of the regular season.

But those comments, uh, probably won't sit well in Philadelphia. The two fans said they were harrassed as they left the ballpark and that was probably just the beginning.

Berardino filmed a quick video interview with the fans:

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