M-I-C….C you in St. Louis…K-E-Y…
That’s the message from America’s team. Yeah, that’s right. America’s team.
Oh, sure, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was only kidding when he said that, but maybe there was a grain of truth in there. His team cut the St. Louis Cardinals’ lead in the National League Championship Series to 3-2 with a win Wednesday afternoon and planted the notion that maybe, just maybe, they might be able to win this thing. After all, the Cardinals blew 3-1 NLCS leads last year and in 1996. There’s certainly precedent.
“I think if you look at it, we’ve kind of become America’s team, probably because everyone wants to see a seventh game, probably even the fans in St. Louis,” Mattingly said to laughter after the Dodgers cut the Cardinals’ series lead to 3-2 with a 6-4 win in Game 5. “I figure everyone is rooting for us to win Friday night.”
“Everyone” may not include Adam Eaton of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
And the remark isn’t likely to sit well with the Cardinals. An irritated Adam Wainwright had called Adrian Gonzalez’s Game 3 yapping “Mickey Mouse.” On Wednesday, Gonzalez hit two home runs and, after circling the bases, seemed to make some sort of Mickey Mouse gesture with his ears. He also may have a new nickname.
“He has those kinda big ears,” Jerry Hairston said (via Yahoo). “He looks like him. He does. We were so glad when they called him Mickey Mouse. Now we all do.”
Gonzalez wasn’t about to poke the bear when asked about the gesture. “I was just having fun with the comment that was made earlier,” he said. “Nothing against them or anything.”
“There can be a little panic on their side. … This is the same particular situation they were in last year,” Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson, who was with the San Francisco Giants team that beat the Cardinals in the NLCS last year, said. “They remember.”
Look out, St. Louis.