Found October 06, 2012 on Metstradamus:
I don't do a lot of posts that don't involve the Mets primarily, and I'm not sure I'll make it a habit. But I got some things on my mind regarding Friday's Cardinals/Braves lunacy, so off we go. (But first off, don't forget that I'm giving away a super-sweet Mets DVD collection. Click that link before you read any of the following nonsense.)Now first off, I liked the Cardinals going into the game. Something about pitching a guy who hadn't started a Braves loss in 23 starts seemed a little too perfect. A little too easy. The playoffs are a different animal, even a brand new one-game playoff. I don't necessarily fault the choice of Medlen as the starter, but perhaps in hindsight, Tim Hudson might have been the better choice there.Now the elephant in the room: the "infield fly" call. To recap: Eighth inning, runners on first and second, fly ball to short left, Pete Kozma (who I'm ashamed to admit I never heard of before tonight), goes b...

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MLB stands behind controversial infield fly call

ATLANTA While ballpark debris and half-empty aluminum beer bottles littered Turner Field's stage, umpire Sam Holbrook stood resolute in his split-second decision. He never second-guessed: Not when he worried for his safety "Yeah, when cans are flying past your head, yeah, you worry a little bit." not when he and his fellow umpires huddled together near the pitcher...

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NL Wild Card preview: Cardinals vs Braves

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Cardinals beat Braves in disputed playoff

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Cardinals overcome ugly delay, Braves

ATLANTA -- An improbable eighth-inning infield-fly ruling brought down the wrath of a sellout crowd and a torrent of empty water bottles and not-so-empty beer cans. But after the 19-minute delay Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in the National League wild card game. Chipper Jones' throwing error in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals...

Slow, Left Field Fly Rule Instituted by MLB for 2012 WildCard

Umpire Sam Holbrook took his sweet ole time to call the 'infield fly rule' on Andrelton Simmons pop somewhere in the middle of left field during yesterday's Cardinals / Braves game. Braves manager... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

First-ever MLB League Wild Card Game engulfed in controversy

The first wild card one-game playoff showdown in Major League Baseball history was held up for about 20 minutes on Oct. 5 when the hometown Atlanta Brave fans showered Turner Field with debris. The fans were reacting to a perceived blown call by the umpires in the eighth inning that may have helped the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Braves 6-3. The...
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