|20-inning game shows why baseball is beautiful|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on April 19, 2010
The old adage in baseball is that you see something new every day. Saturday's game between the Cardinals and Mets was no exception.
A closer earned the win, an outfielder took the loss and a starting pitcher recorded the save. How often do you see that?
The game lasted six hours and 53 minutes officially. But we wanted more. Fans without rooting interest in either team were cheering for the game to continue. Our thinking went from, How could this game ever end to, Why did it have to end?
For Fox announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, the end probably came soon enough. The two had adopted gallows humor about how long the game lasted. How could they have prepared enough notes for nearly seven hours of talking?
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa opted to have two position players pitch. Third baseman Felipe Lopez somehow pitched a shutout inning, while outfielder Joey Mather someone allowed only two runs over two innings of work, even though he couldn't throw a strike.
The scoreboard shows the Mets won the game, 2-1, in 20 innings. But the true winners were the fans. They were treated to an epic game, one that showed just how beautiful baseball is. Even when we get 20 innings, we want so much more of it.