Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Atlanta Braves fans littered the field with trash after umpire Sam Holbrook called an infield fly on a ball that went into left field. Had an infield fly not been called the Braves would have had the bases loaded with one out. Instead the out forced the situation to two on and two out. The Cardinals were forced to leave the field due to the debris being thrown onto the field. Tom Verducci says that Cardinal players were forced to dodge debris to exit the field. Video and more...
5 Comments:
  • Holbrook should be tossed from the game by MLB, that was THE WORST example of an infield fly being invoked that I have ever seen.
  • Not the worst call ever made, won't be fired,if you watch the replay, the ball dropped in the exact spot Kozma was in before either Hollilday called him off or he heard the ump calling the infield fly rule??? Maybe it shouldn't have been called, but the Braves didn't do anything after the fact either. Who knows maybe the next hitter grounds into a dp?
  • I did not say that the IF Fly rule could not be invoked... it was called WAY TOO LATE to be legit. BAD CALL, PERIOD!!!
  • First off some fans acted inappropriately tonight. I wish they hadn't littered the field. My reaction tonight is one of tears.
    This second wild card this year was stupid and one game should not be used to settle as to who should proceed into the playoffs.
    I felt this way before the game regarding this new rule.
    I am a die hard baseball fan. I am a Braves fan. The call was absolutely ridiculous! Here's the real hurt, many years ago a rule came about that the team owners would vote for a commissioner and he/she would hold a lifetime position, really?
    I knew when a protest was filed that nothing would come of it.
    Bud Selig does nothing as far as I am concerned except to sit back and collect money! I think everyone including the press knew where that one was going to go. There should be no lifetime position as commissioner. With this set up Bud Selig does what he wants and nobody can touch him. He has no accountability! It's a dictatorship in the USA!
    My third cousin played for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and finally the Chicago Cubs. He was a pitcher in the 20's and early 30's. I suspect he is rolling in his grave right now. HIs name was Jakie May.
    I don't have any ire towards the Cardinals, they played a good game but our chance was literally taken from us.This is another good reason why a second wild card should be eliminated or that it should be the best 3 out of 5. This was just a way to get more money!
  • Are you aware that the commissioner wanted a 3 game playoff? And that a panel voted for a 1 and done, including 3 current managers. They wanted to add an incentive to win the division. The owners voted for the extra wild card team before the season, and the format was known as well, after all they did vote on it. Does the protest even go to the commissioner or was it the 2 field reps there? I know Torre was one of them not sure the other guys name. Did you have any beef with how late the ump called time for Ross? Lohse was already through his delivery before the call, even the broadcasters said something a few times. And last, don't you think a 3 game series would bring more revenue than a 1 game playoff?
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