What a final week for the Cardinals!
On Monday Aledmys Diaz flew to Florida to mourn the death of Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez. When he returned to the team on Tuesday, he taped a Fernandez jersey to the dugout wall to honor his friend. The Cardinals were down 2-1 in the fourth when Diaz came to bat and hit his first career grand slam, in what was an already emotional game for him.
On Thursday the Cardinals won in walk-off fashion when Yadi Molina hit a ball down the left field line scoring Matt Carpenter from first. It was a much needed win, but turns out it should have been a ground-rule double. The game should have continued still tied at 3 with Yadi at 2nd, Carpenter at 3rd and two outs. Per the rules the Reds manager, Bryan Price, did not show intent to challenge in a timely manner. The excuse is that they didn’t hear the dugout phone ringing from their own video people telling him to challenge. The rule is that he has to challenge immediately. He didn’t and the umpires left the field, refusing the return. Yes, they got the call wrong, but you can’t blame the Cardinals for that. Blame the umpires for getting the call wrong. Blame the Reds for not challenging in time and following the rules. The Cardinals are, of course, going to take the win and remain a game back from the Giants in the wild card race.
On Friday the Cardinals announced they would not pick up Matt Holliday’s $17 million option for 2017, ending his 7 plus years wearing the birds on the bat. They did, however, activate him from the DL for the final series of the regular season against the Pirates to give him a proper send-off. In what is likely his final at-bat as a Cardinal, Holliday came up to pinch hit in the 7th inning and knocked it out of the park.
Who says there’s no crying in baseball?