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MLB Baseball's Tarnished Wild Card Game

Updated on November 18, 2015

It's totally amazing how one little baseball can make such a big mess in this world today, but that's exactly what happened in the first ever National league wild card game between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. It all happen when a controversial infield fly ruling drew out the anger of the Atlanta Braves fans in a late 8th inning comeback.

Now I am a true Baltimore Orioles fan from birth, and I was simply watching the end of the National league wild card game until my Oriole's game began. I started watching probably at the most interesting point in the game as well. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and St. Louis had it well under control with a 6-3 lead and one out already on the board.

But what happened next put me on the edge of my seat. Atlanta had two men on base, and the next batter popped the ball up, and it landed about 60 feet into left field. The St. Louis players both stopped short and the ball landed onto to the field at least five foot from both of them. Each player had backed off at the last moment so that the other could take it, but neither did. This was an unbelievable era on their behalf, and now all of a sudden with one out the bases are loaded. This was possibly one of the greatest comebacks in all of baseball going under way.


Just before the ball literally dropped between St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday, left-field umpire Sam Holbrook signaled an automatic out because of the infield fly rule. This rule is designed to prevent a team from intentionally dropping a popup in order to get extra outs with more than one runner on base, and not to benefit the team out in the field. Now all of a sudden instead of Atlanta having the bases loaded with one out, there are two outs on the board. What a ridiculous change of events. It was almost like this particular umpire didn't want the Braves to win.

I along with everyone else watching on television and a crowd of more than 52,000 Atlanta Braves fans in Turner Field couldn't quite figure out what just happened. When the fans in the stadium eventually found out what happened they let their anger spill out into the field. Fans littered the entire ball field with trash. If it wasn't bolted down, then it was thrown out onto the playing field. The fans literally hurled cups and trash which covered the field, and led to a 19-minute game delay. I'm not going to say that I support their actions, but on the other hand I'm not going to fault them either. This was a whole entire season going quickly down the drain, because of one BAD call. It looks like the ball was dropped twice in just this one play. Once by the players, and then for a second time by a questionable umpire. And to top it all off the Atlanta braves had a better record than the Cardinals, with 6 more wins. This means if MLB wouldn't have added this game this year then the Braves would have already been in the playoffs. That's something to really think about. It's in the opinion of many people out there that this one particular umpire really wanted to see Atlanta lose.

The Atlanta Braves played the remainder of the game under a protest, however Major League Baseball later denied their claim saying "It was an umpire's judgment call on the play". I figured that would happen all along. The St. Louis Cardinals went on to win the game 6-3, and thus ends Chipper Jones' career. It's amazing how one little baseball can make such a big mess, and it's a heck of a way for Major League Baseball's first ever wild card game to come to an end, and conclude. The first ever wild card game ended with the ball being dropped twice on a disputed call, and was one of baseball's biggest fiascoes. It looks like Baseball now wants to jump onto the band wagon along with the NFL's replacement referee fiasco.

Do you think if you were in Turner Field that night, that you would have tossed a can onto the field?

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    • possum lover profile image

      possum lover 

      7 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

      Poetic justice indeed Sara. I watched that game last year in which this hub was written about. To this day I still can not believe that MLB upheld that ridiculous botched call which infuriated the Atlanta Brave's fans.

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      7 years ago

      Yes, poetic justice is indeed strange. Those great Giants are finishing 2nd to last in their division this year, with basically the same team. You can't deny that they also caught some breaks on their way to the title. Hunter Pence's broken bat hit is just one example.

    • mydubstepstudio profile image

      Paul Perry 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      I would definitely have tossed a can onto the field, I am so sick of this wild card bull crap. Thanks for making this hub because this issue definitely needs to be talked about more!

    • Goody5 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      Poetic justice is a strange thing. An umpire may have given St. Louis the win in the NL wild card game. A couple of lucky hits may have helped St. Louis beat Washington who had the best record in all of the National League. But nothing could have helped St. Louis as they were beaten into the mud by a score of 9-0, in the pouring down rain in San Francisco. They never had any business there in the first place, and what comes around goes around in this world!!!!!

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      8 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      I'm glad I helped clarify the infield fly rule for you some mejohnson. The way the infield fly rule was used in this one particular game, may have very well changed the coarse and direction of this game. It also very possibly may have denied a very well deserving team and their fans of their playoff hopes and dreams....... Ditto on the Go O's. Tonight they go back to battle with the New York Yankees, who they are currently tied with at 1 game a piece. GO BIRDS!!!!!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for explaining this in field fly rule. Now I understand the reasoning behind having this rule, though it doesn't change my mind. I still think it's a stupid rule....

      Great hub. Voted up.

      Go O's!


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