Tuesday, December 7 2021

MLB Twitter rips Tropicana Field after Nelson Cruz’s catwalk HR originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It didn’t take long for Tropicana Field to become a factor in the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.

The domed stadium often is criticized for the catwalks attached to the non-retractable roof as they occasionally interfere with balls hit in play. That was the case again in Thursday night’s Game 1 as Rays slugger Nelson Cruz hit one off the C Ring catwalk for a solo home run.

Watch the bizarre play below:

By rule, any ball that hits the C and D Rings between the foul poles is a home run. If a ball is hit in play off the A or B Rings, it can drop for a hit or be caught for an out.

Cruz’s catwalk homer extended the Rays’ lead to 3-0 in the third inning. The blast likely would have been a home run regardless, but MLB Twitter still had plenty to say about Tropicana Field after witnessing yet another dreaded catwalk moment.

Here were some of the instant reactions:

Source: Yahoo Sports

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