Cards ready to move on from infield-fly ruling

Cards ready to move on from infield-fly ruling

Cards ready to move on from infield-fly ruling
ST. LOUIS -- The infield-fly call heard around the baseball world on Friday night remained a topic of conversation at Busch Stadium on Saturday -- but not a dominant one. While the ruling by left-field umpire Sam Holbrook likely will linger in Atlanta for much longer, the Cardinals were more concerned with what's next -- a best-of-five Division Series against the Nationals -- than one part of a multi-faceted Wild Card game against the Braves.

"I can certainly see why people would have been frustrated," general manager John Mozeliak said, speaking, of course, for fans rooting for the opposition. "Had the ball been caught, it would have been completely a non-issue. But the ball wasn't, and that opened the flood gates to that level of frustration. I do feel like it was the right call, but I understand why perception of it was wrong."

Mozeliak watched Friday's Wild Card game from the stands and said he "got a little spray" on him as fans were throwing beer bottles, cups and other items onto the field following the eighth-inning ruling. The onslaught of debris led to a 19-minute delay. Mozeliak and other Cardinals officials waited out the delay in their seats.

"I didn't feel like we were in danger."

On Saturday, Mozeliak also recounted one amusing exchange he had with a Braves fan during the pause in play.

"A young man came up to me and said, 'So tell me really what you think about that call,'" Mozeliak said. "Give me a moment to think about that."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.