World Series 2013 Obstruction Call: Cardinals Win Game 3 on Bizarre Final Play

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2013

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 26:  Home plate umpire Dana DeMuth #32 calls Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals safe at home against Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning during Game Three of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

You know, nothing exciting ever happens in baseball.

The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 3 of the 2013 World Series on an obstruction call—yes an obstruction call—in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox.

Words can't do this situation justice, though. Just watch the highlight.

With runners on second and third and one out, John Jay grounded to Dustin Pedroia, who made a great diving stop and fired home to get Yadier Molina out at the plate. Jarrod Saltalamacchia quickly fired the ball to third base to try to get Allen Craig out. The throw was poor and ended up going down the left field line.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts quickly tracked down the ball and threw home in plenty of time to nail Craig at the plate. Only Craig wasn't out. He had been given home plate after an obstruction call on Will Middlebrooks.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman has already come up with the name for the event:

As Grantland's Jonah Keri pointed out, whoever bet on an obstruction finish to the game will be able to swim in a pool of money, Scrooge McDuck-style:

Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan made a very good point that the plays of Pedroia and Bogaerts will just become footnotes to history, even though both guys did incredibly well:

It's hard to see the World Series being able to top this finish in in the next week, or ever, really. Who needs steroids when you've got obstruction?