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There's grassy-knoll community growing out there over Colorado Rockies Matt Holliday's game-winning run in the one-game playoff against San Diego that put Colorado in the playoffs. Here's a Web site devoted to the debate.

The play was controversial from the outset as replay after replay was inconclusive on whether Holliday actually ever touched the plate that was being blocked by Padres catcher Michael Barrett (not that it mattered anyway, it's not as if this is the NFL).

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Putting fielder's obstruction arguments aside (which don't appear to come into play here), the did-he or didn't-he speculation has stirred one of the more lively debates for a game of this type since word began to spread that the Giants' Bobby Thomson was getting the Dodgers' pitching signals when he hit his famous home run off Ralph Branca in 1951.

All of the replays I saw when the Holliday play occurred featured a behind-the-plate view of the action but, more recently, other angles have emerged. The conspiracy crowd implies that Major League Baseball is suppressing this information to cover up for the umpire's call. I'm not sure I buy any of that cover-up business but at the time the play occurred, the visual evidence had me leaning (but not absolutely sure) that Holliday missed the plate -- and should have been out when Barrett retrieved the ball and tagged him. The other angle tends to reinforce that. But as I've already said, it could be crystal clear and it wouldn't have mattered a bit at the time.

Here's one person's scrutiny of the play. The conclusion is that of the person doing the examination here, not our own.

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