Sammy Sosa is at bat with a 3-2 count, 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, and the Cubs are losing 4-1 to the Cardinals (typical, huh?). Rick Ankiel pitches, but loses control of the ball (typical, huh?) and it bounces five feet in front of the plate, then back into the strike-zone. Sammy swings and belts it onto Waveland Avenue for a game-winning homerun. However, the umpire notices that Sosa's bat hit Marrero's glove on the swing and calls for interference, awarding one base to every runner (including Sosa).
An argument breaks out from both managers (nice to finally see a Cubs manager with some spunk!). Baker contests that it is a homerun and La Russa contests that Sammy swung illegally and should be a strikeout victim.
The umpires huddle up to confer. What should their ruling be and why? Homerun? Interference? Strikeout?
From the official rulebook of baseball: "Baseball is a game played between two teams of nine players each." Therefore, baseball is a game played only in the National League.