I watched that clip repeatedly. A ball couldn't be any closer to being foul and still be fair. Only on a precisely chalked MLB field could an umpire call that ball fair. On the typical field I see in softball, I'm calling that foul.Look at that fair ball in the Pirates-Mets game the other night. Everybody was losing their minds on how awful the call was ... until the replay showed it was correct.
Anyway, the reactions to the play were comically stupid from the players to the press box. From the players arguing during the play to the manager nearly assaulting the HP umpire for a call that there is no way the manager could fully see, the Mets beclowned themselves. I believe THIS is where the problems for youth baseball / softball umpires originate. Too many see MLB as the model for how coaches should react to judgement calls they disagree with.