Weird World Series: Game 3 Ends with Walk-Off Obstruction Call, Game 4 Ends with Pickoff at First Base (GIFs)
Whatever happened to World Series games ending with walk-off hits or bases-loaded strikeouts? This weekend the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals were determined to make their games end in strange and unique ways.
On Saturday, of course, the Cardinals beat the Sox in Game 3 on a walk-off…obstruction call? Yes. A walk-off obstruction call.
With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, runners on second and third, and only one out, Jon Jay hit a ground ball to Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who fielded it and threw home to get St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina out at the plate. Then Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tried to throw Allen Craig out at third, which was a mistake. The throw got past Will Middlebrooks, and when Craig started to take off toward home he tripped over Middlebrooks, who was lying in his path.
Third base umpire Jim Joyce—yes, that Jim Joyce—called obstruction immediately. Game over.
Controversial? Well, only if you’re a Red Sox fan. The rules are pretty clear, and the only issue is whether the umpires should have enforced them. But yes, it definitely still sucked.
So how did Game 4 end? Well, it wasn’t as weird and it wasn’t controversial, but it still was not ideal. It ended, you see, with Cardinals rookie Kolten Wong getting picked off at first base with Carlos Beltran, the tying run, at the plate.
Are you serious Kolten Wong? The only thing you should be thinking when taking your leadoff is, “DON’T GET PICKED OFF.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty eager to see how Game 5 ends tonight.