National anthem standoff: Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals’ Joe Kelly refuse to leave field before Game 6
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Oct 19, 2013
Following the National Anthem before Game 6 at Busch Stadium, Dodgers' outfielder Scott Van Slyke and Cardinals’ starter Joe Kelly engaged in a bizarre standoff to be the last player standing and showing his respects to the flag. Louis Cardinals and Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers came to an understanding. After 12 minutes, Van Slyke was declared the winner and undisputed champion of anthem standoffs. All except Van Slyke and Kelly, who remained standing at attention, hats over hearts, for nearly 15 minutes, long enough for the grounds crew to finish its final preparations and for the Cardinals' starters to take the field. In 2012, players from Wake Forest and Elon staged a standoff before their college baseball battle. Staring at each other across the way while standing in front of their team's respective dugout, Joe Kelly of the St. Finally, home-plate umpire Greg Gibson had enough, and with a hint of a smile on his own face, he emphatically urged both to get the heck out of the way so the big game could begin.