For those of you that think the crowds don’t impact baseball games, think again. In case you’ve been under a rock, last night Matt Holliday made an ugly error that cost the St. Louis Cardinals game 2 of their playoff series with the Dodgers. There were two outs in the ninth inning and all Holliday needed to do was make a rather easy catch to close the game out. James Loney hit a liner to Holliday and thought the game was over the second it left his bat, yet the Dodger Nation had other thoughts. The ball hit Holliday right in the gut and dropped to the ground, eventually allowing the Dodgers to win the game and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
How could this happen? Here is what Holliday’s teammate Adam Wainwright said:
“That ball got lost in 50,000 white towels shaking in front of Matt’s face. It doesn’t really seem fair that an opposing team should be able to allow their fans to shake white towels when there’s a white baseball flying through the air. How about Dodger Blue towels?”
What a great idea for baseball fans. I’m actually surprised that we don’t see more of that…maybe it is outlawed at some stadiums (sounds like another research project for the blog…I’ll get on that one). The Pittsburgh Steelers have perfected the towel wave…maybe they should start waving brown towels when opposing QB’s throw the ball? All you crazy baseball fans out there wanting to impact the game and be hailed as That Fan, get your white towels out and start impacting games!