Here is by the way what happened in St. Louis last night:
The first tangle of bodies came at third base, where Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox stretched to take a throw from home, the winning run sliding in at his feet. Catch the ball, and the third game of the World Series would have remained tied. Miss it — and, well, sit down, because this will take some explaining.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Red Sox, 5-4, on Saturday night at Busch Stadium with one of the most bizarre plays ever to end a World Series game. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on runner Allen Craig, and even as the Red Sox chased down the throw down — eventually making what looked like a successful attempt to nail Craig at the plate — the game was over.
Forget that play at the plate. Forget the throw from left fielder Daniel Nava and the tag from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Third base umpire Jim Joyce had watched Craig slide into Middlebrooks, and Middlebrooks fall on Craig, and made the obstruction call — granting Craig home plate, where he scored the winning run, and immediately found himself in the second tangle of bodies, with the Cardinals celebrating around him.
“Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance, when Will is trying to dive inside to stop the throw,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said. “I don’t know how he gets out of the way when he’s lying on the ground.”