I thought that Pierz(lots of vowels) was right, in that he, and the Giants were the victim of that same call last season.
More importantly, FOX showed a replay with the ball stopped right before it appears to hit the ground and bounce into Paul’s glove. They showed it a couple of times, and then stopped showing it. That replay makes it clear that the ball did touch the ground, meaning Paul had to tag Pierz(lots of vowels) or throw to first.
David Pinto has a bunch of posts and comments on the play, (I’m not gonna be posting a comment in a sea of hundreds), but he doesn’t seem to have mentioned the bounce-replay. Neither has anyone at the NY Daily News or the NY Times.
I thought it was strange that FOX would show what appeared to me to be a definitive replay of the event, and then stop showing it. More strangely, the announcers watched the bounce-replay and still insisted that the ball was caught, even though it was clear as a bell that it was bouncing into his glove.
Anyway, too bad for the Angels. The White Sox took advantage, and now they’re tied.