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."