So I’m watching the game tonight and out of the blue comes a huge “BOOOOO” from the stadium. The crowd evidently didn’t agree with the umpire’s call of a strike against one of their own. Then the little black box appears on the lower right side of the telly screen and sure enough ….. that ball was a smidgen outside of that little black box, meaning, of course, it was definitely a ball and not a strike. Now how in the world did they know that? I mean those “boos” came instantly, no chance to second guess, just johnny-on-the-spot. The umpire was standing right there at the plate, and the crowd of some 40,00 was, shall we say, somewhere out in left field and they knew it was a bad call.
I remember posting back in 2011 about those Classy Cardinal Fans and how they’re not only the best fans in Major League Baseball, but also the most polite and the most “knowledgeable”. They won some sort of award for this as I recall. But, really, this humongous outpouring of boo’s tonight was instantaneous and it was the only time all night they booed. I don’t get it.
So when I log into WordPress to post this little ditty, the very first blog I see is none other than Craig Calcaterra on Hardball Talk, talking about this very thing ~ the Cardinal fans I mean. Take a look at what he says about it here and you’ll see what I mean.
And if you weren’t fortunate enough to watch the entire game (it was a good one!) take a look at Hardball Talk’s piece on the obstruction call that ended the game. You’ll be hearing lots more about this one. Wow! Whatta great game. Doesn’t get much better than this! Can’t wait for game time tomorrow!
- Jim Joyce Calls Obstruction on Will Middlebrooks, Cardinals Win Game 3 of World Series (nesn.com)
- More than 50 counterfeit tickets show up at World Series Game 3 (fox2now.com)
- For young Cardinals fan, a night to remember (stltoday.com)
- Cardinals take Game 3 on obstruction call (scores.espn.go.com)