Tigers' Brad Ausmus says OF misplay due to loud fan in small Trop crowd
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus reiterated this morning that a misplay in the outfield during Wednesday's game, where a ball dropped between CF JaCoby Jones, 2B Ian Kinsler and RF Tyler Collins was due to a fan in the stands at the Trop.
Ausmus said the fan yelled, "I got it,' which led to Kinsler and the outfielders backing off on the third inning ball hit by Brad Miller that dropped in for a single.
"The acoustics helped ... and the fact that there were not a huge number of people sitting in stands,'' Ausmus said.
Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with that, such as like when Alex Rodriguez did so during a game in Toronto.
"Never heard of a fan doing it,'' Ausmus said. "I'm not blaming the fan, he's within his rights. ... We have to make the adjustment.''
But he did make it clear he felt the rather, um, intimate setting at the Trop, with an announced crowd of 12,281, contributed.
"Most of the time when you have a decent size crowd it’s all kind of white noise, all the noise kind of mixes together and nothing really stands out,’’ Ausmus said.
Obviously his acknowledgment that a fan influenced play may lead to more fans trying to do to.