Instant karma's gonna get you
Crew chief Jerry Crawford will explain the umpire’s rationale behind ruling that Jorge Posada fly ball a two-run homer after today’s game.
My early guess is that the umpires will say Trevor Crowe’s glove cleared the plane of the outfield wall. If that’s the case, it doesn’t matter if a fan touches his glove, per this portion of Rule 3.16:
“No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball. He does so at his own risk.”
Again, that’s just my guess. We’ll see what that umps have to say afterward.
For what it’s worth, I think the play that really needs to be reviewed is Eric Wedge’s decision to yank Pavano after six strong innings and 89 pitches to bring in the struggling Perez.
UPDATE: The umpires offered no comment on the play. Wedge said he was told by Crawford that the ball hit the fan first, beyond the fence. The replays are sketchy and do little to clear this up, either way.