Wednesday Morning Scattershooting: Sports Heartache During Quarantine

Starting every Wednesday I’m going to “quick hit” what’s going on in the sports scene and I’d like to begin with taking my frustrations out on whoever thought it would be a good idea to replay Game 6 of the 2011 World Series…kind of.

The worldwide leader took me and Texas Rangers fans down what was, collectively, the most heartbreaking moment in our teams’ history. Nelson Cruz. That’s all that needs to be said.

Nelson Cruz can’t catch this fly ball in the bottom of the 9th in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. (Courtesy: Dallas News)

This coming after being up 2 runs and the St Louis Cardinals down to their last strike. The entire outfield is playing to limit the double, however David Freese got it over Cruz’s head. In fact, the Rangers right fielder wasn’t even close. “I thought Cruzy (Nelson Cruz) was going to grab it,” Freese said during a FOX postgame interview. Well, he didn’t.

Josh Hamilton was in a bit of a drought as he stepped to the plate in the top of the 10th. And then, just like that, bang! His first homer in 82 at-bats. A two-run job to put the Rangers up 9-7. We couldn’t lose. Welp. The Cardinals would tie it up in the bottom of the frame after again, being down to their last strike for the SECOND time. And then, the dagger.

After a series of questionable managerial decisions in the 10th inning, David Freese hit the first walk-off homer in Cardinals World Series history. They were the first time in World Series history to score in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th innings. AYFKM? And yes, the Cardinals would win the the following night despite the Rangers getting out to another early lead. Sports heartbreak.

Reporting for KDAF in Dallas following a Game 7 Cardinals victory

I remember these two nights like they were just yesterday. Josh Hamilton and David Murphy were so gracious with their time in the clubhouse following the game as both gave me a 1-on-1 for my sportscast. Thankfully I had to work. Otherwise I would let of been able to keep it together. Amazing game. Crap outcome. But sports happen. And they’re still great.

Moving on…

Sports are on their way back. The MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL are all taking positive steps to have protocol in place to maneuver their way through the coronavirus pandemic. I’m not even going to try and lay each plan out because it’ll be outdated by the time i’m done writing. Meanwhile, over the weekend, the Bundesliga resumed league play, while so too did Nascar and there was a charity golf match between Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolfe. Only catch is, they were all played without fans.

Mannequins are placed in spectator seats to cheer South Korea’s football club FC Seoul team during a match against Gwangju FC, which is held without fans due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in Seoul, South Korea, May 17, 2020.Yonhap/via REUTERS

The only sporting event that had fans, kind of, was at South Korea’s FC Seoul league match. They were slapped with a fine of 100 million won (US $81,410) for using sex dolls instead of mannequins to fill empty seats during a league match after the K-League said its disciplinary committee is to look into the incident, Yonhap news agency reported. I know we’re all trying to figure out what the “new normal” is for everything, but, sex dolls? Really?

He’s baaaaacccckkkkk! Steelers fans have to be absolutely beside themselves after seeing this video posted on Ben Roethlisberger’s twitter page Monday. The video was only 38 seconds, but it appears the 38-year-old has recovered from September elbow surgery, clearly a major milestone for the QB. I don’t think the Steelers win the AFC North in 2020, however they’ll have much more of a fighting shot with Big Ben back and not floating between Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges for another season.

After a gut shot by ESPN, I’d like to speak for every sports fan out there, THANK YOU for moving up ‘The Last Dance’ for us all to enjoy over the last five weeks.

Of all the things we learned throughout the Ten part documentary, reliving this sequence in Game 6 of the NBA Finals is, in my opinion, the absolute very best we saw of Michael Jordan. Every aspect of his talent, relentlessness, basketball IQ and will to win was on display. Just beautiful. Sure, Jordan was a bit of a drama mama when it came to his “list” but if that’s what it took for him to conjure up the motivation for greatness we saw every game, so be it. There were a few instances in the documentary I’m not so sure are 100% true, but it was absolutely tremendous.

I love sports. I miss sports. And I’ll continue to scatter shoot every Wednesday.

Published by cpwilliams83

White Pocket Square Enthusiast. Sports dork.

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