Nonetheless, a full, unquestioned swing would have been a extra rightful conclusion. If you wish to argue intent, it’s clear as day that Flores didn’t imply to swing. Whether or not his bat cooperated with him or not is for Morales (and, in all probability, Main League Baseball) to resolve, which is exactly the issue. No person — together with Morales himself, presumably — wished to see a sequence that thrilling finish on a technicality. Flores letting it rip on a blazing fastball and swinging by it will have felt like a extra simply ending. Perhaps he would have put the ball in play, permitting hyper-athletes like Mookie Betts or Trea Turner to run the ball down for a signature defensive play that may lead all Giants-Dodgers spotlight montages sooner or later.

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