Editor’s note: Live from the World Series is a BCR tradition with stops in Philadelphia in 2008, St. Louis in 2011 and now back in St. Louis in 2013.
ST. LOUIS — Welcome to the 2013 World Series from Busch Stadium. As they like to say in the Gateway City, they’re World Serious about their baseball here. I’m here with old BCR staffer, Kris Baker. We go way back to the 1980s following Whitey Ball. One thing that has remained constant from those days are the Cardinals and postseason baseball. Three World Series then and three and counting in the 2000s.
October baseball in St. Louis is all about the pageantry. No World Series in St. Louis can start until the famous Anheuser Busch Clydesdales grace the field. They certainly know their way around Busch Stadium by now. They are huge, huge animals and elegant.
Four Cardinal Hall of Famers return, decked in their Cardinal red blazers — Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and Red Schoendienst. The 2013 Cardinals wear a patch on the left sleeve in remembrance of Stan the Man Musial, who passed away in January. Willie McGee, who is not a Hall Famer, but remains one of the most popular players to adorn the Birds on Bat uniform, takes the field to a huge ovation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Wizard of Oz makes the catch. No more back flips, however.
David Eckstein, the sparkplug of the Cardinal’ 2006 World Series champions as the Fall Classic’s MVP in the first season in the new Redbird Roost, delivers the game ball.
The Show That Never ends plays on the PA system. The same could be said about Cardinals Baseball.
Waiting for that first pitch from Cards righty Joe Kelly. The house is loud and ready for some baseball. The PA prompt to welcome the nationally televised audience from FOX ramps the sound-meter even more.
A quick 1-2-3 first raises the roof more as Cardinals fans settle in for the first home game of the Series. They didn’t have to wait long, Cardinals have four hits and two runs already in the first: 2-0.
It’s 9 up and 9 down for Kelly. Kelly wasn’t able to repeat his National Anthem Showdown as he did with the Dodgers’ Scott VanSlyke, in the NLCS as he’s taken his act to the mound tonight. I didn’t notice that any teammates stood in for him.
It’s 2-1 after five. Cards fans still on fire despite the falling temps under the Gateway Arch. They would be more hot had it not be for the LOBs (runners left on base). The Cards left the bases loaded in the 4th and just left two more in the fifth. They’ve got 7 LOBs overall which can come back to bite you in the postseason.
I receive a text from Kevin Geldean of Princeton, who’s here tonight with his daughter, Mackenzie of Princeton sitting in the second row of the Coca-Cola Pavilion. Looks like a great view overlooking centerfield. Mackenzie’s favorite Cardinals is Joe Kelly, so she’s a happy camper. I bet Kenz’s Grandpa Geldean got them tickets just like he did in 2011. I told Grandpa in July he better plan on getting them again for them.
It’s nice to see Kevin get to spend quality time with his daughter at the ballgame. Same for my brother Kent, who is here with his son, Josh, making the trip from Atlanta, Ill. and Bloomington, Ind., respectively.
The Bosox tie the game in the sixth at 2-2. Cards fans getting anxious. Two on no out. Carpenter infield hit, Beltran is hit by pitch; that one had to sting a bit on a cold October eve. The Cards have to come through this time if they are going to win tonight. Matt Holliday delivers with a two-run double down left field line, 4-2 Cardinals.
Young Carlos Martinez in to warm up the night with some heat from the bullpen in the upper 90s. He shined Thursday in Boston. Tonight, not so much, He walked two, one intentional and hit one. Rookie Kolten Wong makes a shining play at second base in his World Series debut. The Bosox break through for two runs to tie the game back at 4.
Bottom of the ninth: Yadier Molina tries to score on Jon Jay’s grounder to second and is out at home by a country mile. The throw to third went wild, Allen Craig scrambles to his feet to try to score, tripping over the legs of Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks stuck his legs up, twice, a movement one would believe to be deliberate. Obstruction is called by third base umpire Jim Joyce and Craig is awarded home safely and the Cardinals win. The umpires state in the post game press conference that obstruction can be called whether its from intentional or unintentional contact.
Wow, what a finish. I’ve never seen a play like that. It’s never happened in World Series history having a game decided by an obstruction call. Nor will it likely again. It will be forever known as the Obstruction Game.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.