Confused Adam Wainwright thought he ‘just witnessed the worst call in the history of the game’

Big League Stew

ST. LOUIS — Much like anybody who watched Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, it took Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright a little while to figure out what happened in those wild final moments.

Sunday afternoon, in amusing fashion, Wainwright recounted the play from his point of view and in the process delivered the quote of the day.

"The funny thing," Wainwright said, "was I didn't see him throw it away. I saw Pedroia make the great play, throw it home and got Yadier out. I thought that was the end of it, so I turned my back. All of a sudden, people starting running out on the field and I didn't know what happened, but I was running out on the field, too. And I got about halfway out there and saw Craig out by a couple of feet and start tiptoeing backwards back into the dugout ...

"[The umpire] called him safe, and I thought, wow, I think I've just witnessed the worst call in the history of the game at home plate, only to find out there was obstruction. So there were four or five times I didn't know what the heck was going on."

You and everybody else, Adam.

Wainwright continued, obviously happy this turned out not to be the worst call in history, but actually a moment in which the umpires made the right call.

"As a baseball fan," Wainwright said, "you hate to see a game end like that. Obviously, I'm on the Cardinals, so I'm fortunate the rule is the way it is. You hate to say it, but he impeded the process of running home. But I totally understand why Red Sox players would be upset about that. That is just a horrible way to lose a baseball game, no question about it, especially after such a great play by Dustin at second."

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