You know that a story has become a national phenomenon when Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira get their paws on it in New York’s “Today Show” studio. That’s where little Emily Montforto ended up this morning with her father, Steve, to tell the tale of how the adorable moppet threw back a perfectly good foul ball at a Phillies game.
But this is by no means unique: As long as kids have been attending baseball games, they’ve been doing precocious things. Let’s break open a sleeve of Graham crackers and a half-pint of milk and take a look back at some of them.
INSTANT REPLAY PITCH A HOME RUN WITH BASEBALL GMs: Let’s see that again - Instant replay may soon be coming to Major League Baseball:
The NEW YORK TIMES reports that MLB general managers voted 25-5 to add video review to games. The replays would only be used for questionable home run calls. So, the Padres still would’ve been out of this year’s playoffs.However, the GM clearance is just the first step in a lengthy process. The plan would still need to be okayed by baseball owners, players, umpires and commissioner Bud Selig. As MLB Executive VP Jimmie Lee Solomon notes, “We have glacier-like movement in baseball.”
Besides, any decisions made would already be 11 years too late for the Baltimore Orioles.