The weirdest World Series in the history of weird had another classic ending Sunday night, when Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked off first base for the final out of Game 4.
Oof. Very oof.
Wong, a 23-year-old rookie second baseman, had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Allen Craig, with Carlos Beltran at the plate with the tying run and the Boston Red Sox protecting a 4-2 lead with two outs. Closer Koji Uehara caught Wong leaning and fired the ball to Mike Napoli.
“I knew I was dead once I went to plant and push off and I felt nothing go,” Wong, who wept as he stood and faced media questions afterward (via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick) . “My foot slipped out and I was done.”
A little later, he dealt with the aftermath of his gaffe on Twitter:
Painful as it was for Wong, it was yet another historic end for a World Series filled with things you’ve never seen before. It was the first World Series game to end with a pickoff. Saturday night brought the first walk-off obstruction call.
What will Game 5 bring?