Today’s St. Louis Post Dispatch ran a huge photo of Mike Piazza missing the foul pop up yesterday, and various writers in the sports section mentioned it repeatedly as the key to the game. Yes, it was a big play. His lapse gave Pujols new life, and Pujols took advantage by launching a 2-run homer that landed somewhere near my house in Culver City. But the play for Piazza was by no means a gimme, nor was it possibly even makeable. Some said the ball hit the net and careened, although the ump didn’t see it that way. Given my history as catcher for the St. Christopher’s girls softball team from kindergarten – 8th grade, I can attest those are not easy plays when you have to spring up from your squat, lose the mask, deal with the backstop and try to find the ball in the sun.
I guess I just wish the Post could have focused more on all the positives in yesterday’s game and led with a photo of Pujols homering, Edmonds and Molina hitting RBI singles, Carp on the mound, Belliard making a great play at 2nd base, Molina turning a double play, etc. We won for many reasons; Piazza just helped a little.