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Kolten Wong: “My foot slipped”

Oct 28, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

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The last thing a forlorn Kolten Wong wanted to do after getting picked off to end St. Louis’ Game 4 loss on Sunday was talk to reporters in front of his locker, but he stood up to the mics and answered questions anyway.

Wong, a rookie second baseman who pinch-ran for the hobbled Allen Craig, added that he had no intention of trying to steal with Carlos Beltran up in a two-run game; he was just trying to get his lead for the pitch and hopefully go first to third or first to home on a base hit.

Of course, Wong was only on first base in the first place because Craig literally couldn’t run; his shot to right field with one out in the inning would have been a double for practically any hitter in the league. Something else that could have ruled Wong out; he seemed like a nice choice to hit for Daniel Descalso starting the ninth before Craig came to the plate. Wong had a pinch-hit single and a stolen base in the Game 3 victory, though that was his only hit in six postseason at-bats. He was still a better bet than Descalso, who was 0-for-2 tonight and 3-for-21 for the postseason. Descalso grounded out to start the frame.

  1. cohnjusack - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    I kinda feel bad for the guy. He’s going to get 100% of the blame for that lose, even though it was pretty unlikely they were going to win at that point anyway. It doesn’t excuse it, that was an embarrassingly awful, inexcusable play.

    Wong (probably) has a very bright future ahead of him. Hopefully the Cardinals will win the series and this will be forgotten.

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      The losing team gets a $300,000 per player share. Wong has 300k reasons to still smile eventhough his team hates him.

      • bobarsenault - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        I think he should change his name to SUM TING WONG

    • theskinsman - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:46 AM

      an embarrassingly awful, inexcusable play.
      Seems to be a theme in this series.This has a game 7 written all over it.

    • chinahand11 - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      I’m a Sox fan and I feel bad for the guy. Well, the weirdness factor of this series is 1-1, an obstruction and a pick off. Shake it off Wong, stuff happens, they’re not going to “Bartman” you. Cardinals fans have too much class.

  2. dcfan4life - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    In the Majors, in the World Series, with perhaps your best hitter at the plate who absolutely could tie it with one swing, there is one thing you cant have happen, and thats get picked off. Just like Saltalamacchia cant make that throw to third in game 3, Wong cant be picked off with Beltran at the plate. He is going to probably be used sparingly now, if at all.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      If the opportunity comes up again, Matheney should use him. What are the chances he’s going to get picked off again? Pretty small. As a manager, you don’t take one of your options off the table because of one bad play. Meanwhile, Wong faced the media scrutiny, which is a good sign for his future.

      • crackersnap - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        What are the chances that Wong is now too timid to leverage his primary asset – speed – effectively even if Matheney uses him again in the 3 games remaining in this WS?

  3. Carl Hancock - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Another example of how bad this series has been. Don’t let people who says it’s been a good series fool you. Crazy series? Yes. Good? No. Poor hitting, poor base running and poor fielding by both teams. This is just another example. His foot slipped. No shit. We couldn’t tell.

    • rje49 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      I thought he was simply taking a “walking lead” and was thus “leaning the wrong way” when the throw over came. Either way, I’ll take it. I’m sure no two-in-a-row World Series games have ever ended in such unusual ways.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Sorry you didn’t get a chance to see the good guys win last night Carl.
      Hopefully, you have tickets to tonight’s game and they can come through.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    All this series needs now is a dead hooker.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Ouch. Ha…that’s what they call kickin’ it up a notch.

    • pbastille - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Good point. Search the players’ car trunks. There’s gotta be one somewhere.

    • chinahand11 - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      That was so funny.

  5. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    All this series needs now are broken corked bats.

  6. sleepyirv - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Someone should sit these two teams down and explain that are many other Major League teams who would be perfectly HAPPY to play in the World Series and would LOVE to take their place if they aren’t willing to take this seriously.

    • jacflash - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      The problem isn’t that they’re not taking it seriously. The problem is that they’re taking it too seriously.

      These are two elite teams, loaded with talent, very evenly matched, who are both clearly on the verge of wilting under the (immense) pressure of a World Series. I suspect that this thing is going to come down to some weird intangible, one team having one more guy who gets nerves at the wrong moment, or one well-timed pep talk by a veteran or a manager that leads to the big play that wins Game 7, something like that.

  7. mrznyc - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Right there in the sloppy World Series category is FOX’s coverage – While Wong was being picked off FOX was busy showing us closeups of women in the stands – We got to watch it on replay.

    • drelms - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      That’s why I say don’t watch the gay Joe Buck and FOX, stream it on your laptop, and HDMI it to your TV. If you had you would have seen the play live instead of having to see it on replay because FOX Sports and Joe Buck $uck, pure and simple.

      • fearlessleader - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Really, it’s 2013 and the best insult you can come up with for a sportscaster you don’t like is “gay”? It’s bigoted AND nonsensical. Try harder, please.

  8. Gordon - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Saw the interview after the game & I feel really bad for the guy. Props to him for standing there and answering questions.

    Contrast that to a guy like Miggy in Detroit, who ran out of the clubhouse a few years ago when he stunk up the joint in the postseason, leaving his teammates to answer for him.

  9. stoutfiles - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I love how if anyone makes a mistake at the end of a game they are the scapegoat and are blamed 100% for the loss.

    Yeah, he messed up, but the Cards made a lot of mistakes over 9 innings to lose this game. If you must pick someone to blame though, blame the pitcher who gave up a 3 run home run to Gomes; that was the play of the game. Otherwise, leave Wong alone. It’s a team effort; one guy didn’t lose this game by himself, especially not the pitch runner who accounted for only one out of 27.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Well said. Clearly, he made a mistake. To me, the mistake was hopping out to the lead, rather than keeping at least one foot set on the ground. Not sure what he was thinking there. I feel bad for the guy, too. Hopefully, the team picks him up tonight.

  10. pastabelly - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I wonder if he was planning on going and got caught leaning or if it was an innocent “slip”. The Red Sox thought he was going and there could be no other reason for holding him on. If Matheny didn’t put a hold sign on, then that’s bad managing. Once the Sox decided to hold him, he had no business leaning to second.

    This series has been poorly played by two teams who got there by NOT playing stupid. Go figure.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      He wasn’t going anywhere. With two outs…down by two runs with Beltran up…you stay where you are and hope Carlos ties it up with one swing of the bat. T

      • crackersnap - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        And yet he went somewhere anyway. He didn’t stay where he was, and he went one too many steps off of a first base that he didn’t need to leave at all.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Yes…Mr. Obvious…he went somewhere (in the literal sense). Lol!

  11. drelms - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    His base running move was not half as bad as Saltalamachia’s bonehead move to throw the ball into the outfield. Wong’s mistake was a mistake, while the Sox catchers move to try to throw to third was on purpose. Sox seem to have forgotten already, hopefully David Ross will start the next catch, because everyone of Saltalamachia’s swings seem to be going up as he tries to hit the big one and ends up fanning over and over. Even though Drew has not hit a lot this series, his sacrifice fly tied the game up for us last night, and his defense on the field has once again been stellar.

  12. cdl23oam - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Not only to mention this screw up, but also Jon Jay swinging on a 2-0 pitch and popping it up with 1 out. You’ve got to make them pitch to you.

  13. leerosenthall - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I just loved listening to Tim McCarver yammer on and on about how ridiculous it was for Napoli to hold Wong on first and leave a gaping hole for Beltran to hit the ball through. Yes, that’s a valid point–Wong on second would make no difference whatsoever … unless your pitcher is really good at picking runners off of first!

    You’d think those brilliant FOX producers would have at least paid more attention to that decision because they sure missed it in real time.

    • buckeyeballer1 - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      McCarver was right. Baseball is a game of numbers, and 90% of the time he is right in that moment. Just because the exception to the rule happened, doesn’t make him lack knowledge. I am sure that will actually be brought up after film reviews. Also, it wasn’t the move that got him, it was the read (or slip). A bad move will get you picked off there.

  14. jeffbbf - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    i can’t believe there hasn’t been a Herb Washington reference yet.

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