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Dodgers win epic Scott Van Slyke-Joe Kelly standoff prior to Game 6

Oct 18, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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Taking the grandstanding to a whole new level, neither Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly nor Dodgers reserve outfielder Scott Van Slyke chose to return to the dugout after the national anthem prior to Friday’s Game 6. What followed was a 12-minute staring contest across the field that was only finally broken up when the home-plate umpire needed to start the game.

Van Slyke seemed to take the actual staring part the more serious of the two, whereas a sheepish Kelly was laughing and giggling through the end of it. It was Kelly who finally gave up his position first before umpire Greg Gibson had to start the night off with a couple of ejections. On one hand, that would have hurt the Dodgers more than the Cardinals; Kelly just started Game 5 and isn’t any sort of candidate to pitch tonight. Van Slyke, though, might not have missed much, either; he’s made just two appearances in the postseason and has yet to get an at-bat.

Obviously, the whole incident was lighthearted, both dugouts (probably the Dodgers’ more so) were clearly getting a kick out of it. While the media is positioning the old school Cardinals versus the Hollywood/Disneyland Dodgers, it seems like both teams might have a sense of humor after all. Who knew?

  1. dondada10 - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Van Slyke went in first. Cards won.

  2. cohnjusack - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    That was…odd

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Odd…yet outstanding. I made the whole family stop what they were doing to watch it!

  3. Fantasy Football Consultant - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I think it’s an out and out shame that you can’t watch a championship series less you have TBS what happened to the good old days when it was on regular TV

    • tbmoore13 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Its called BASIC cable, throw out the rabbit ears, and the 20′ tower on your roof and join civilization!

      • Fantasy Football Consultant - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Sorry, been out of work 13 months since being diagnosed with cancer. Can afford what you take for granted…BASIC cable. Enjoy the game Mr. nice guy

      • craig55brown2013 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        Wow, you have such a tactful way with words.

      • tbmoore13 - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        but you can afford internet?

    • chadh88 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      You apparently have the internet. It is more expensive than BASIC cable. And you can find places to stream the game

      • Fantasy Football Consultant - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        Internet is free courtesy of wifi from my neighbor. Where can I stream, All I see is viruses and places to use a credit card

    • braxtonrob - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Fair point, but just to help, there are free sites online that you can watch the game (if your desperate? I know I would be if I were in your shoes.)

      • braxtonrob - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        Search VIPbox sports.

  4. jwbiii - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I’m reminded of a line from Marat/Sade: “My patriotism is bigger than yours!”

  5. happytwinsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    loved it. only in baseball. but why can’t these games start earlier. i start drinking between 5:30 and 6. got a big void to fill here. play ball !!!

    • lazlosother - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      AzM or PM?

  6. paperlions - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    That was fantastic. Good to see both teams having fun rather than sniping at each other and being petty….your in game 6 of the NLCS…while you definitely want to win in….you should be enjoying the hell of the experience.

    Best part was the ump coming out in front of the plate and simultaneously motioning to both guys to get off the field.

  7. happytwinsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    the inside of bush stadium looks beautiful. perhaps the early stages of a memorable night for this semi midwestern metropolis.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      sorry – Busch Stadium – no disrespect intended – like i said i start drinken between 5:30 and 6

  8. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Sell some meth…

    • craig55brown2013 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Real classy remark. I’m sure it will go over well with those who have lost a loved one to meth.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Again…do us all a favor (especially yourself) and stop posting while drunk.
      Dude…really? Sell some meth? Classy.

  9. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Sweet sweet meth.

  10. jhaegs - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    I said SELL meth, not USE it.
    You’re being silly!

  11. 1historian - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    get a room on brokeback mountain

  12. bg4866 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I’m sorry this was funny – understand the ump had to get game started – in all seriousness its good to see some childish fun – lets remember Baseball is a child’s game played by adults

  13. jazynaz - Oct 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    imo, i didn’t see van slyke finding humor in his testosterone induced waste of time stand-off with kelly. he seemed to take the whole thing completely serious, as some kind of symbolic “we win” this stand-off, and we’re going to stomp you in this game too. how’d that work out for him? too bad…ridiculous! that s**t never works, bud. congrats to st. louis!

    • 4cornersfan - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Andy Van Slyke played for the Cardinals and Scott was born in Chesterfield so I imagine there was not any disrespect intended.

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