Congratulations to the Cardinals and Orioles for winning the Wild Card Games and advancing to Divisional Play in the postseason. As usual, I don’t comment on play-by-play. You can read about the particulars on every sports page, but I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to comment on our wonderful baseball fans. Take those at Atlanta’s Turner Field for example.
Okay let’s admit that there was a rather unorthodox call out there in the field in the 8th inning, with bases loaded no less. I mean how many times have you seen an infield fly rule called in the outfield? You can see some of the takes on it below, but in the end the play called by the umpire stood over protest and the Cardinals ended up winning the game 6-3.
No doubt this was a huge disappointment for the Braves fans, but this has happened before and guaranteed it will happen again ~ questionable calls by the umpires I mean. One call in particular that comes to mind was the Jim Joyce call on an otherwise perfect Armando Galarraga game in Detroit. If ever fans had reason to throw something, anything, it would have been during that game. But they didn’t. Those Tiger fans had class.
I always enjoyed watching the fans at Turner Field, especially during those 2010 playoffs. That tomahawk “chop” was an awesome display of fan support and the constant chant from the stadium was like a war dance or something and it was deafening. And that’s what fans do in support of their team and that’s what they did tonight at Turner Field in Atlanta. But that’s when the nice Atlanta Braves fans story takes a different turn. They started throwing things. I mean bottles and things onto the field. It was so bad that the St Louis Cardinals, who had every right and reason to celebrate, for safety reasons, had to take their celebration off the field and into the clubhouse.
All season long during every game I watched the Braves play in, it was all about Chipper Jones. Chipper’s last season, Chipper’s last at-home game, Chipper’s last hit. Well this was sure a grand way to send Chipper out the door. Good job Braves fans. I somehow wonder if Chipper isn’t just a little bit glad to be going. I know I would be.
- Riled Braves Fans Protest Call By Throwing Garbage During Wild Card Game (atlanta.cbslocal.com)
- You: Atlanta Braves Fans Litter Turner Field After Terrible Infield Fly Rule Call (bleacherreport.com)
- Braves vs. Cardinals: infield fly rule call causes Turner Field chaos (stlouis.sbnation.com)