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  1. I’ve had numerous tough pills to swallow from terrible umpire calls to the Atlanta Braves themselves. And while I may have thrown a fit, I’ve never once, EVER even considered throwing anything down onto the field. There’s no excuse for it, you’re adults, act like it!

    The umps didn’t cause the Braves to lose the game, the Braves lost it with terrible defense, hell, if it weren’t for their three errors on the night they would have gone to extra innings. Yes its frustrating to see bad call after bad call get made, but Atlanta wasn’t the only one getting shafted in that game. Take the late time out call granted to Ross, he turned a strike out into a HR, and there was no reason to grant time THAT late. Or what about the poor call where Craig was declared off the base even though he tagged it after he fell off but before the runner reached it?

    It was a terribly officiated game, and the umpires should be ashamed of themselves, but you don’t throw crap all over the field because you don’t like it! This reflects terribly on the fans in Atlanta, not only did they cause a delay in the game but they could have injured the players on the field.

    Comment by Chris — October 6, 2012 @ 12:52 am

  2. This was a great read. By the way, why Korea? Peace Corps?

    Comment by Dave Barker — October 6, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  3. As a Cardinals fan, that was a fucking horrifying call. But I’ll take it. Almost makes up for Denkinger. Swings and roundabouts.

    Comment by olethros — October 6, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  4. My only disappointment is that you weren’t packing a video camera. I don’t imagine there have been too many baseball games in history where one fan, and only one fan, heaved 5+ garbage cans onto the playing field.

    Comment by reillocity — October 7, 2012 @ 12:31 am

  5. The spirit of adventure. I was like a young Kerouac, only with livejournal instead of a typewriter.

    Comment by Patrick Dubuque — October 7, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  6. This was the perfect occasion to use this tale, Patrick. I’m glad that I got a preview of it in person — I was doubly excited to read it because I recognized it immediately — but you’ve rendered it with crushing beauty here. Thanks.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — October 8, 2012 @ 11:31 am

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