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Video: Pete Kozma makes diving grab in Game 5

Oct 9, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

There have already been a few defensive gems in the early stages of this NLDS Game 5 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but the diving grab here from Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma is hard to top:

St. Louis leads this decisive Game 5 by a score of 2-0 as the bottom of the fifth inning gets underway.

  1. Stiller43 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Marte’s grab was better…no mention?

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Yea I have to agree Martes catch was pretty incredible. It would of been an easy triple or more. Great catch and no love

  3. paperlions - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    …and now Kozma makes a horrible decision leading to Alvarez coming up as the tying run.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM


      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        He made some fine defensive plays last night….and one bone headed decision.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Don’t focus on the one bad thing. Good grief.

        …and you know you wanted to say it.

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        That one bad thing drove me to drink….and it was a dumb bad thing, really, really dumb….but I love that he’s rockin’ a beard and mullet now….playoff hockey style.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        OMG. I’m so embarrassed. Are you just now starting to drink for the playoffs, because my boys have had me doing it for awhile now. I may be passed out in an alley tomorrow.

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        No…not just starting. Last night, I started after the Freese HR. I jumped up off the couch and screamed something like “YEAH, DAVID FUCKING FREESE MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!!!!”. Scared the shit out of the dogs, but they get treats when good shit happens in the playoffs. They know any loud “Woooo!” type noise means treats and they run to the kitchen immediately.

        But after the Kozma bone-headed mistake, and then Alvarez’s GB hitting the 1B bag….my rate of drinking (which was tequila) increased. I am paying for it this morning.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        It thrills my heart to know that you get emotional watching baseball. Hey, you won. You should be happy. I love the dog thing.

        What do you think about our chances tonight? Eeeeee!

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I wouldn’t bet against Verlander, but anything can happen in 1 game…..I’d say the Tigers are bout 60-40 favorites….in that park, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2 runs wins it.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        If we play to the norm and they perform as their past playoff performance indicates, we should be okay. We haven’t been playing to the norm of late though, and it is one game. I’m more nervous now than at the WS last year.

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Of course I get excited and pissed and all that other stuff….but mostly, people don’t want to hear about that….it’s like talking to someone about your fantasy team….no body cares (usually).

        I did a similar thing when Matt Adams homered because that was the nail in the coffin that made the 9th inning non-stressful….needless to say, the dogs got a slightly smaller breakfast to account for the additional treat action.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I like hearing about it — but not the fantasy team stuff.

        CoCo used to try to climb in my lap and lick my face when I yelled at the TV. She didn’t like it when I was upset.

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Mine don’t like it either….they know ALL cuss words. Ajax will immediately start to “go to his room”, his crate in the bedroom. I guess it’s a safe place to be out of the way or something, no idea. He’s never been “crated” except when I first got him….but all I have to say is “that’s a good boy” and he stops and turns around….but they know all of the “celebration” words, too.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Aren’t the words the same really? The inflection is just different. lol

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Nah. “Cuss words” are always deemed “bad”, Ajax is so funny, he starts to go upstairs and stops mid-way and looks through the railing to see if I am pissed or not…I have no idea where this behavior comes from as I am rarely pissed at him and when I am nothing happens to him.

        The “celebration” words are “Woooooo!” and “Hu!”

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        No “Yeeeeeeehaw!!!!!”???

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Nope. Maybe if I become a rodeo fan, I’d add that.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        They have a great union, fyi.

        I always assumed CoCo got nervous b/c the house got so much calmer when it was just the two of us and she didn’t have much tolerance for anger anymore.

      • paperlions - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        I think dogs are just very sensitive to the emotional state you project through body language and voice. When you are mad/angry, generally it doesn’t mean anything good for them, even if the only bad thing is the heightened stress associated with the negative emotions. All of my dogs have always responded by leaving the room when I yell at the TV while watching sports (not unlike GFs).

        I’ve always tried to get my dogs to howl with me, and so far I am 0-fer-all-dogs. If they respond at all, it is to come to me and whine because they think I am howling in distress. The only benefit is that when I lived in a house on the edge of the woods, if Hannah was out in the woods and wouldn’t come when called, I could howl and she’d come running.

  4. ghstmnnfrst - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I’ll just leave this here.

  5. jwbiii - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Well that was odd. Only cost one run, though.

  6. atribecalledquestec - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Not quite ready to call him ‘The Wizard of Koz’ just yet…

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      No, there’s only one all-glove, no-bat SS I’m willing to call the Wizard, and that’s Brendan Ryan.

  7. teamobijuan - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Everyone say a prayer for Marte because he drowned in poon last night.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Poon? As in…a girls vagina? Or do you mean…poop? Just curious.
      It matters not…great year for the Pirates. I expect the same next year.

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