VIDEO: Dodgers Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals Joe Kelly have bizarre standoff before NLCS Game 6

  • David Whitlock

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you probably haven’t seen this one.  As the National League Championship Series has been chippy at times, mainly due to Los Angeles Dodgers celebrations after crucial hits, before Game 6 on Friday Night, two reserves seemed to make light of the rivalry.  Egged on by their teammates, the Dodgers reserve OF Scott Van Slyke and St. Louis Cardinals P Joe Kelly both stood at attention during the National Anthem.  After the National Anthem.  As the Cardinals took the field. As starting pitcher Michael Wacha warmed up. Then even when he was ready to pitch.  Which was when home plate umpire Greg Gibson stepped in to exert his authority. Even then, the players both jockeyed to be the last standing (both claiming victory).  Watch the final stand (courtesy of

Scott Van Slyke has yet to see a postseason at bat, while Joe Kelly was the Game 5 losing pitcher and thus not in the mix for any action tonight.  I guess consider it all in good fun, but is it possible there could be a meme coming?  Turns out, Joe Kelly had a personal tradition of always standing in place until the other team walked back to the dugout and apparently Scott Van Slyke caught wind and thought he’d test Kelly’s resolve.  It was tested!

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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