On Assignment – Game 3 – 2013 World Series – What a Finish!!

Game Three of the 2013 World Series brought me back to St. Louis, a town where I have seemingly spent more time this past month than in my own home town!

The photo work room from which I’ve based operations out of at Busch Stadium was a bit more crowded than it was when I started covring the Cardinals in the playoffs.  As a matter of fact, we had an overflow situation where many of us were set up in the tunnel outside the work room.  It is, you know, the WORLD Series!

Work-Room

A view of the photo work room in Busch Stadium prior to Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Ex-White Sox hurler Jake Peavy took the bump for the Red Sox on this cool autumn evening, facing the Cardinals Joe “Last Man Standing” Kelly.  My photo position was in the inside first camera well, just to the inside of the Cardinals dugout near home plate.  I was hoping that foul balls would avoid me after what I went through in Game Two in Boston.

View

My office view for Game 3, next to the Cardinals dugout between home plate and the pitchers mound. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

I figured I might be just a little bit jumpy, and thankfully, the players obliged and nothing came my way, at least this evening.

Peavy

I loved seeing ex-White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy get a chance to pitch in a World Series, albeit for a different colored Sox. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Peavy worked through a rocky first inning, only giving up two runs when it looked like the Cardinals would blow this one wide open early.  I mentioned to Cardinals Team Photographer Scott Rovak that the Cardinals may regret not putting a few more runs up on the board, since I knew Jake pretty well from his time on the Southside and knew if he did indeed have “one bad inning”, he would settle down and pitch well the rest of the way.

Ellsbury-Error

Jacoby Ellsbury drops a fly ball in the third inning of Game 3 of the 2013 World Series in Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Peavy pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning, keeping the Red Sox in the game.

Peavy-React

Jake Peavy reacts after pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning of Game 3. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Red Sox narrowed the margin to 2-1 after Xander Bogaerts led off the fifth inning with a triple and scored on a fielders choice.

Bogaerts-Triple

Xander Bogaerts slides head first into third base with a triple and eventually scored the first Boston run of the game in the fifth inning. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Ortiz-Salty

A bizarre moment I’ll bet know one else noticed… I caught David Ortiz playing with Jarrod Saltalammacchia’s curly hair during a mound meeting in the fifth inning… I almost laughed out loud. I love Big Papi! (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Red Sox finally forced a pitching change, and it paid off when Daniel “I ain’t Nava heard of ya” Nava singled to score Shane Victorino to knot things up at 2 each.  Cardinal Nation was getting nervous.

Their worries were relatively short lived as Matt Holliday drove in a pair to put the Cardinals up 4-2 heading into the eighth inning.

Beltran-Slide

Carlos Beltran slides safely into home to score a run during the seventh inning of Game 3 Saturday night in St. Louis. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Victorino-HBP

Shane Victorino gets plunked by a pitch and eventually scored in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The entertainment continued in the eighth as the Red Sox fought right back with two of their own.  Could extra innings be in the cards (pun intended) this night?

And then came the ninth.  What a finish!  I wish I could have seen everything that went down (I was blocked by many Cardinals on the bench and running out onto the field) after Dustin Pedroia made a great play (or so I’ve been told) on Jon Jay’s grounder to throw out Yadier Molina at the plate…

Moina-Out-at-Plate

Yadier Molina, as the potential game winning run, gets tagged out at the plate by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth inning of Game 3 after a nice play by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

…only to have Jarrod Saltalamacchia throw widely to third base in an attempt to nail Allen Craig at third.  That’s where things unfolded rather slowly from my vantage point, as I saw that the throw sailed past Will Middlebrooks.

Salty-Tag

Allen Craig appeared to be tagged out by Jarrod Saltalammachia (as best as I could tell, as I was blocked by the Cardinals bench running out on the field to celebrate). Craig was eventually awarded home plate after being interfered with my Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

I readied for yet another possible play at the plate as the Cardinal’s dugout erupted and raced towards home plate, blocking my view.  What I didn’t know was that Middlebrooks apparently interfered with Craig at third and delayed his plateward dash, and a play at the plate that really wasn’t (or shouldn’t have been) a play at the plate developed.  It appeared to me that Craig was out at the plate, but Middlebrooks was called for interference and Craig was awarded home, plating the game winner.

Cardinals win.

Obstruction-call

Jarrod Saltalammachia protests as home plate umpire Dana DeMuth confirms the call of defensive interference on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, awarding Allen Craig home plate with the game winning run in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the 2013 World Series.

What the ???  Crazy!!!

Game Four is in a couple of hours.  I’m rooting for a Red Sox win so I am guaranteed a trip back to Boston and, hopefully, a trip to Legal Seafood or some place similar for dinner Tuesday night with the rest of my MLB Photos team.

 

 

 

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