Dustin Pedroia was out at second base. Forced out by a David Ortiz grounder in the first inning. Second base umpire Dana DeMuth was sure of it, the veteran arbiter hoisting his right arm to make the emphatic ‘out’ sign.
Trouble was, most of the 38,345 umpires in Fenway’s stands felt different, as did the five other umpires working with DeMuth. In the seconds immediately following the play, with Pedroia dusting himself off and heading back to the Sox dugout, the other five umpires began circling ‘round DeMuth.