Shocking The World at the Infield Fly Rule Wild Card ClassicBaseball, Shock The World, The Fam — By The Fam on October 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm
By Larry Luk / @wearetheprocess
(Ed’s Note: Today, we are fortunate to have one of our brothers give his testimony as to what happened during the infamous “Infield Fly Rule” game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves. Larry Luk “Shocked The World” at Turner Field, and his story will be heard today on TSFJ. Enjoy.)
Friday morning, I went to work, much to the exasperation of the company accountant. Being a huge Braves fan like myself, he asked me, “Why’d you even bother coming into work today? You need to get down to the stadium.” My answer was easy: I had some work to finish. Just like most of Atlanta, we had our daily responsibilities, and the baseball scheduling gods (aka Bud Selig, TBS, and FOX) weren’t doing us any favors. The Braves vs. Cardinals Wild Card game was scheduled for 5:00 pm. If you’ve ever been to Atlanta, you’d realize that beating rush hour traffic to arrive at Turner Field by the National Anthem is a victory in itself.
Back at my desk, I fired off a few e-mails, and as the clock struck high noon, I was out of there like a bat out of hell. I was doing it for my love of baseball, my childhood memories of watching the early 90′s Braves on TV, and for Chipper Jones.
I raced home to walk the dog, throw on my 59Fifty cap, and to meet my friend, Joah Spearman, who had just flown in from Austin, Texas to attend the game. The time: 12:45pm.
By 1:30 pm, we had taken the back roads (avoiding the interstate altogether) and parked at the old gas station by The Ted that I always park at for ballgames. Only this time, it was $40 instead of the usual $20. “It’s playoffs, homie” was the attendant’s blind excuse. Whatever, we were there and we were ready to see history. We were doing it for Chipper.