Cardinals On Wrong Side Of History

One thing that’s always true about baseball: you never know what’s going to happen in any game.

And in some games a team gets the first no-hitter in its 50-year history … even though it happened because a fair ball was called foul by the umpire.

Tonight the St. Louis Cardinals were on the wrong side of history, as Johan Santana threw the first-ever no-hitter for the New York Mets.

Yes, the ball hit by Carlos Beltran in the sixth inning should have been called fair. Here’s the play once again, if you haven’t yet watched it or want to watch it once more. Yes, it’s just another in very bad calls by umpires this year (and in years past too — tomorrow is the two-year anniversary of the one-hit perfect game by Armando Galarraga).

For now, bad calls are part of baseball. Like it or not, the human element is there and part of the game.

But the Cardinals had no hits in nine innings, so the entire game didn’t necessarily hinge on one call by the umpire — bad or good. Adam Wainwright was not sharp either, so that didn’t help. David Freese found out that karma can work both ways, as he made the final out.

As Tony La Russa used to say, sometimes you just tip your cap to the other team when you lose.

Tonight is one of those times.

Congratulations, Johan Santana.

 

8 thoughts on “Cardinals On Wrong Side Of History

  1. Speaking of Tony LaRussa, since the ceremony the Cardinals had to retire his number, the team has lost 14 of 21 games.

    Seven wins in three weeks.

    That’s putrid.

  2. Speaking of Tony LaRussa, since the ceremony the Cardinals had to retire his number, the team has lost 14 of 21 games.

    Seven wins in three weeks.

    That’s putrid.

  3. Oops, well, now that’s 15 losses out of 21 games.

    By the way, in May, the Cardinals had the fourth-worst pitching staff in the game with a 4.72 ERA and the second-worst WHIP.

    So now the offense has gone into the tank, too.

  4. Oops, well, now that’s 15 losses out of 21 games.

    By the way, in May, the Cardinals had the fourth-worst pitching staff in the game with a 4.72 ERA and the second-worst WHIP.

    So now the offense has gone into the tank, too.

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