I'm so sick of dealing with this but it was just so obviously absurd. Two balls hit within just a few minutes of each other.
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:05pm O.co Coliseum
Attendance: 21,795, Time of Game: 2:50
Athletics 5, Yankees 4
HR: Billy Burns (2, off CC Sabathia, 5th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep LF Line)
Top of the 6th Carlos Beltran Lineout: CF (Deep CF)
The home run by Burns was a joke. It was just fair and just above the wall. The left fielder had no chance to catch it. Burns deserved a double but not a home run.
The out by Beltran was almost straight to the 400 foot sign where it was caught fairly easily. It deserved to be a home run.
If home run distances were the same in all directions in all parks and the walls the same height, let's say 380 feet and a ten foot wall:
The Athletics got a run that they might not have.
The Yankees lost TWO runs (the leadoff hitter singled before Beltran's 400 foot out).
That could have meant: Yankees 6, Athletics 5. That's the opposite result.
Now this could be dismissed as the "whelp of a beaten cur", supposedly the exclamation of American League president Ban Johnson when White Sox owner Charles Comiskey informed Johnson that some of Comiskey's players had taken money from gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series to Cincinnati.
Or it could be a very real example of how the integrity of baseball is undermined much more by non-uniform playing areas than it ever was by performance enhancing drugs (PED).