In just a moment we're going to hear from Craig Welling, a Denver blogger who snapped a photograph that was the source of much argument and consternation around the Interwebs last week.
First, some background. On Tuesday RFT
sports blogger Aaron Schafer dipped into a brewing controversy surrounding the play that ended Sunday's Cardinals-Rockies game.
Fans of both teams no doubt recall the situation: Rockies up 4-3, top of the ninth. One out, Albert Pujols on first, Julio Lugo on third, Ryan Ludwick at bat. Ludwick hits a pop fly to center, Rockies second baseman Clint Barmes makes a back-to-home-plate running, diving, tumbling grab, then springs to his feet in plenty of time to double Pujols off first.
You can watch the play for yourself here
, and see the box score here
. For the Cardinals and their fans, the play marked a disappointing conclusion to a disappointing and deflating three-game set.
Back yet? Good!
As Aaron recounts in his piece, "A Hose Job in the Mountains?
" Denver-area blogger/photographer Craig Welling posted photographic evidence suggesting that Barmes' highlight-reel catch may not have been a catch at all.
You have to peer in closely; if you do you can see, on the grass beneath Barmes' glove, just to the right of where his left knee meets his shadow, a baseball.
Can't make it out? Here's a closer look:
|Craig Welling|Want to see that same crop bigger and fatter and in more detail? Click here.
...despite the fact that Denver Post
photographer Hyoung Chang also had fired a shot that was far less conclusive -- a fact that was revealed in a subsequent Denver Post blog item
that also brought Mr. Welling's photo into the fray:
The debate quickly spread to St. Louis, with Post-Dispatch Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold linking to the Denver sites in his 10@10 blog column on Tuesday (you'll have to scroll down) and radio sports-talk guys weighing in.
Not surprisingly, Craig Welling's blog has seen a wee spike in visitors this week.