ST. LOUIS (MyFoxBoston.com) – Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks said he wouldn't do anything differently if the same play that cost the Red Sox the third game of the World Series happened again.
With the infield in, Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He made a sensational stab and threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out the sliding Molina.
But then Saltalamacchia threw wide of third trying to get Craig. The ball glanced off Middlebrooks' glove and Craig's body, caroming into foul territory down the line.
After the ball got by, Middlebrooks, lying on his stomach, raised both legs and tripped Craig, slowing him down as he tried to take off for home.
"I just know I have to dive for that ball. I'm on the ground. There's nowhere for me to go," Middlebrooks said. "I was inside the baseline, I had to dive for it. As I'm getting up he trips over me."
Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction.
As the ball rolled into left field, Craig continued home only to be beat by a throw from Daniel Nava. Saltalamacchia applied the tag but home plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.
"I was excited at first because we nailed the guy at home. I wasn't sure why he was calling him safe. Of course I'm running to home plate mad because he didn't even get to home plate. That's what we thought. We thought he just called him safe. We didn't think there was any obstruction there, obviously," Middlebrooks said.
A reporter asked if Middlebrooks would have done anything differently.
"No. Absolutely not. I have to dive for that ball."