Here's why you shouldn't write game recaps immediately after returning from jubilant playoff-clinching celebrations: you forget to mention, like, the biggest play that happened in the whole game.
On the subject of the Matt Holliday play at the plate: My opinion isn't worth much. I was sitting in the right-field boxes, so while I had an excellent angle to see Brian Giles release his throw (a bit of a lollipop, but it got there), I had no perspective at all on Holliday and Michael Barrett meeting at home. The first thing my dad said when I called him walking to my car, before "hello" even, was "He didn't touch the plate!" Having seen the replay from all... two of the angles those crack TBS camera teams captured, I can't tell either way. It doesn't look like he got in there, but maybe he tapped the dish with a fingertip or something. The umpire sure seemed certain, but there are a lot of theories raging out there on the blogosphere; some blame home-field psychology, some blame conspiracy. But if the umps were really afraid or instructed to let the Rockies lose at Coors Field, why did they squeeze their pitchers on the strike zone calls and take a homer away from Garrett Atkins? It's silly.
Plays like this are, I think obviously, exactly why it's great that baseball doesn't have instant replay. As a lot of people who called me jealously this morning reminded, (regular season) baseball might be the last American team game that hasn't completely sold its soul as a live experience to the TV gods. The game was grind-your-teeth tense for 13 innings and then it ended suddenly with an explosive play at home plate. That's how it ought to be. It would have been a disservice to how perfectly fate shaped the Rockies' season to end it with a 15-minute delay.