Nice interview on MLB.com with umpire Rick Reed regarding Hargrove’s argument, which resulted in Reed calling the game one pitch away from potentially being official, with the Indians up 4-0.
Withers: What happened in the fifth inning, and what was [Mariners manager Mike] Hargrove’s complaint?
Reed: We were trying to get the game official if we could. Hargrove’s argument was that his hitter could not see and complained to him. He went to home plate to give us his viewpoint, and [Indians manager] Eric [Wedge] came out to support his team.
Both had legitimate gripes. Was the snow heavier at that point than at any other in the game? It was close. As we were having our discussion, which I think was fairly lengthy, we were all covered with snow.