NEW YORK -- Dewayne Wise was helped up by several fans in the stands, saw the emphatic out call and thought one thing: keep the glove closed.
Wise ran straight for the dugout -- giving birthday boy Derek Jeter a glove tap on the way -- after flipping into the crowd while trying to make a catch of a foul ball during the New York Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
"What was I supposed to do run back to left field?" Wise said. "I saw him looking at my glove so I just got up, put my head down and ran off the field."
Wise knew he never had the ball when he went over the low wall down the left field line with two outs and a runner on third base in the seventh inning. Third base umpire Mike DiMuro didn’t realize the ball hit off Wise’s glove and fell for a souvenir until he saw a replay after the game.
"I went out on the ball and saw the ball into his glove in the stands. He disappeared into the stands and I believed that the ball was in his glove," DiMuro said. "In hindsight, I should have asked him to show me the ball since he fell into the stands and out of my line of vision."
Phil Hughes threw his hands up in the air, thinking Wise just helped preserve his shutout. Manager Joe Girardi thought it was a tough call.
"They’re human. As much as we want them to be perfect and as much as there’s talk about replay and all this stuff, they’re
Before seeing a replay, Indians manager Manny Acta had an inkling his team had gotten some bad luck in their fourth straight loss.
"If it’s a great play, how come you’re not showing it on the board for the fans?" Acta said. "We were discussing that with the umpires, but, what can you do?"