VIDEO: Dodgers Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals Joe Kelly have bizarre standoff before NLCS Game 6
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 MLB.com):
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!
– David Whitlock