Get over it

I read where Jim Fryar and Mike Pound still think Don Denkinger cost the St. Louis Cardinals the 1985 World Series against the Kansas City Royals.

The outcome did not hinge on Jorge Orta being called safe at first in the ninth inning of Game 6. If you recall, Orta was later thrown out at third base.

Steve Balboni come up to bat after Orta. A misplay on a foul ball by Jack Clark allowed Balboni to remain at the plate and later reached first base on a hit.

Jim Sundberg was the next batter with runners on first and second. Sundberg bunted back to pitcher Todd Worrell, who threw out Orta at third base.

Hal McRae was the next batter, but a passed ball by Cardinal catcher Darrell Porter allowed the base runners to move up to second and third. The Cardinals walked McRae to load the bases, giving Dane Iorg the opportunity for his game-winning hit to tie the series at three games apiece.

The umpires did not cost the Cardinals the series. Jack Clark botched the foul ball, and Darrell Porter allowed the passed ball.

After all this there was still a Game 7 to play, where the Cardinal pitchers - not the umpires - allowed the Royals to score 11 runs to win the World Series.

The Royals outplayed the Cardinals in all phases of the series. They outscored the Cardinals 28-13. The Royals' batting average was .288, the Cardinals' was a mere .185. The Royals' ERA was 1.89, the Cardinals' 3.96.

These are the facts of the series. I was there and I enjoyed every bit of it.

By the way, Mr. Pound, it was not Jack Clark covering first base on Orta's hit. It was the pitcher, Todd Worrell.

Please get the facts right.

And by the way, good job Boston Red Sox.

Alan Baker

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