Last night was the first night of baseball's new wild-card format, and the very first game was less wild and more surreal. Emotions were already high when the night started, because future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones announced at the beginning of the year that this would be his last season.
So this do-or-die game could be Chipper's last.
Emotions were only raised when, being down 3-2, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons tried to bunt home the runner from third. Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse went to throw to first and hit Simmons on the helmet, sending the ball flying past first base.
But because Simmons wasn't running within the baseline and in fair territory, they called runner's interference and Simmons was out. The run that scored was taken off the board.
But in the bottom of the eighth, with the Braves down 6-3 and two men on base, emotions boiled over and the weird broke out. Simmons was at the plate again and hit a pop-up into shallow left field. Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma kept drifting into the outfield.
He waved off outfielder Matt Holliday but then lost the ball and peeled off to let Holliday make the catch. But Holliday wasn't there and the ball dropped. The Braves fans cheered as they thought they had the bases loaded with one out and a chance to tie the game in the eighth.
But instead, left-field umpire Sam Holbrook made a very late infield-fly-rule call. Once fans at Turner Field realized what had happened, they started throwing cans and bottles and whatever else they could get their hands on onto the field.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez protested the call, and the game, but his protest was denied. The Braves lost, their season ended, Chipper Jones' career ended, and another chapter in baseball weird was closed. You can see for yourself in the video.