Major league umpires are most effective when they spend the game in relative anonymity. Other than a passing mention at the start of the game, nobody sitting in either dugout wants to see an umpire make a call that ultimately decides a game, especially when it's a game in the World Series.
Yet that's exactly what happened in Game 3 of the 2013 Fall Classic, as Allen Craig scored the game-winning run for St. Louis in the bottom of the ninth inning after Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks was ruled to have obstructed Craig's path to home plate.
Say goodbye "walk-off" and hello "trip-off."
While the debate will rage on as to whether it was the correct call or not, it was the latest controversial decision by an umpire to impact a World Series contest. Will that call ultimately serve as a tipping point for the series? Can Boston rebound? Where does it rank among the most heavily debated and scrutinized calls in the storied history of the Fall Classic?
Let's take a look, taking into account the situations and players involved in other controversial calls—and how those series ultimately played out.