In a game all Los Angeles Dodgers fans will want to forget, one event took place that reminded us all that baseball, above all, is supposed to be fun.
Prior to Friday’s National League Championship Series Game 6 match-up between the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, Scott Van Slyke of the Dodgers and Joe Kelly of the Cardinals began engaging in an epic and hilarious staring contest. This took place during the National Anthem.
The National Anthem ended, the field crew finished prepping the diamond, and Cardinals starting pitcher, Michael Wacha, finished his warm-up pitches. All the while, Van Slyke and Kelly continued to get the other person to crack a smile. Fifteen minutes elapsed before home plate umpire Greg Gibson, who at this point was no longer amused, earnestly guided the two players to their respective dugouts so that the game could commence.
The spectacle was enjoyed by fans and players alike, but just like this series only one participant could be crowned champion.
Not gonna lie…that Van Slyke and Kelly standoff was kinda funny.
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) October 19, 2013
The final verdict is that Van Slyke was the victor as he remained stone-faced the entire time. The game itself went much better for Kelly’s Cardinals and I’m sure Van Slyke would trade his Staring Contest crown for the National League one.
Here’s the video of the “contest”.