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The Detroit Tigers blew a three-run lead in the eighth inning and eventually lost on a home run in the ninth. Still Connor Williams Jersey Elite , this was a day Jose Iglesias and Leonys Martin may look back on fondly for years.
Before Monday’s game against Oakland, the Tigers hosted a ceremony on the field in which a group of people were sworn in as American citizens. Iglesias and Martin, both natives of Cuba, were among them.
”I will never forget about my country, but it’s amazing to be part of United States,” said Martin, a 30-year-old outfielder. ”Being able to do it here in the ballpark, right in front of the fans, that was really emotional.”
Martin played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. After defecting, he received a .5 million, five-year contract with the Texas Rangers in 2011. This is his first season with the Tigers.
Iglesias, a 28-year-old shortstop, made his big league debut in 2011 with the Boston Red Sox. He was traded to the Tigers in 2013, and he can look back now at the daunting process of getting used to a new country.
”It’s hard Pernell McPhee Jersey Redskins , man. You came. You face a new culture, face a new language, facing new food, new everything,” Iglesias said before the game. ”Still learning. I’ve been here for 10 years, and I’m still learning.”
Iglesias and Martin had their ceremony at a time when a national debate over President Donald Trump’s immigration policy has been dominating the news. Iglesias wasn’t about to wade into that.
”I don’t really have a comment on that. I try to stay away from that,” Iglesias said. ”If there’s anything I can do to help a human being in the end of the day, I will do it, but I try to stay away from politics.”
Manager Ron Gardenhire was excited about the ceremony.
”It’s really cool. These guys are really proud of that. I’m just hoping they can get to Canada,” he said. ”They’ve lost their visas and green cards now once they’ve taken this citizenship, so they have to get a passport so they can go with us to Canada here in a few days.”
The Tigers play a four-game series at Toronto starting Friday night.
For a brief moment, it appeared Monday’s game against the Athletics might unfold in storybook fashion – with Martin driving in Iglesias with the winning run. The score was tied at 1 in the seventh inning, and Martin hit a drive to center. Iglesias raced around from first, but he had to stop at third when the ball bounced over the wall for a double. He was thrown out at home when the next batter hit a grounder.
Nicholas Castellanos hit a three-run homer later that inning for Detroit Leighton Vander Cowboys Esch Jersey , but Oakland rallied in the eighth and eventually won 5-4.
No matter. This was still a special day for Iglesias and Martin.
”It’s amazing,” Iglesias said. ”Become an American citizen on a ballpark, and with full uniform and everything. It’s a blessing.”
Walt Coleman doesn’t see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they’ve already been calling catches the new way.
If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer reviews of their rulings.
”Most of the calls that seemed to create the most controversy, we ruled them correctly and then they were overturned on replay,” Coleman said Friday as officials gathered for their annual preseason meeting in the Dallas area. ”From our standpoint, we’re just going to continue to officiate the plays like we have.”
League owners unanimously approved the changes in April – more than three years after Dez Bryant’s infamous catch that wasn’t in Dallas’ playoff loss at Green Bay, and just a few months since Pittsburgh’s Jesse James had a late go-ahead touchdown taken away in a loss to New England that damaged the Steelers‘ hopes for the AFC’s top seed.
Essentially, the new rule eliminates the ground as a factor on catches while establishing three main criteria:
-having control of the ball;
-getting two feet down or another body part;
-making a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball.
On the plays involving Bryant and James, the ball moved slightly after hitting the ground as they extended it forward, even though they never lost control of it. Both were ruled catches and overturned on review.
”I don’t think it was one thing,” senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron said. ”I think we got to a point where fans, the office Deion Sanders Jersey Youth , coaches, players, wanted to see more exciting plays. How do we make this particular play a catch? How do we take the Dez Bryant play and make it a catch?”
Riveron said the competition committee consulted with coaches, former players, game officials and supervisors, among others, to reach the rule change that was approved.
The committee cited overturned receptions by James and fellow tight end Zach Miller of Chicago last season among the dozens of plays they reviewed ”dozens of times,” according to committee chairman Rick McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons.
Ron Torbert, going into his fifth season as a referee and ninth overall as a game official, doesn’t think the new rule is just about simplicity.
”We had a good idea of what it was and how to officiate it,” Torbert said. ”We certainly understand that the way it was written, plays that people wanted to be a catch weren’t a catch under the older rule. We understand that.”
And while game officials are hesitant to share opinions on anything related to their role, they can see where fans sit with the catch rule.
”I think fans will like it more because we’ve got some of the greatest athletes in the world who can do things that no one else can do Cheap Marshall Newhouse Jersey ,” Torbert said. ”To be able to see them rewarded with a catch when under the old rule, it may not have been a catch, I think from that standpoint the fans will enjoy the game more.”
Coleman, getting ready for his 30th NFL season, was in his third year as a referee when he called the reversal in the ”tuck rule” game during the playoffs following the 2001 season. He changed what had been ruled a fumble by New England quarterback Tom Brady to an incompletion, leading to a winning field goal that sent the Patriots on their way to the first of five Super Bowl titles.
While he didn’t make the call on the Bryant catch that was overturned (recently retired Gene Steratore did), Coleman saw similarities in how reactions to the two calls lingered for years. And he certainly heard from fans on the catch rule in general .
”People just didn’t understand that you had to hold on to the ball going to the ground,” Coleman said. ”When you catch the ball and you reach out, everybody thought that should be a catch. The way the rule was written, it wasn’t.”
And now the way the rule is written, it is.
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