It shouldn't surprise anyone. That's just how the baseball gods dialed it up.
The Braves and Cardinals squared off in the first 1-game wild card playoff ever, and it ended up being a pretty wild scene.
In the 8th inning, with the Braves trailing 6-3 with one out, Andrelton Simmons hit a bloop into left field. Somehow, despite being far beyond the infield, the umpire put the infield fly rule into effect, meaning Simmons was immediately out, and the runners could run at their own peril.
Check out the video:
With the ball dropping between the shortstop and left fielder, the Braves should have had the bases loaded with 1 out. Instead, they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez protested the game, but it's unlikely that anything will change. The Braves lost 6-3, and it's going to stay that way.
To review: Here's where the ball ended up landing:
Braves fans weren't exactly thrilled, and began throwing debris on the field.
(photo courtesy of Jose3030)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports raises an interesting point. Perhaps there shouldn't be extra umpires in the playoffs, since an ump running out from 2nd or 3rd base would never consider that ball in the infield.
It's a solid point, especially considering the fact that we haven't had any kind of improvement with the extra umps. If anything, playoff baseball has had MORE controversial calls then the regular season.
Remember CB Bucknor? How about Phil Cuzzi?
The funniest part: The MLB Twitter account even said that they don't understand the infield fly rule either.
(courtesy of Cole Fitzpatrick)
Needless to say, they removed that line from their twitter bio.
What do you think? Does Major League Baseball have to do something about their umpiring?