Standoff 'delays' start of NLCS

Published Oct. 19, 2013 2:02 a.m. ET

This wasn't a rain delay. It was the first pregame standoff delay in NLCS history as neither the Cardinals' Joe Kelly nor the Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke wanted to make the first move on Friday night before Game 6.

The two players stood in front of their dugouts during the national anthem and then did not move for more than 13 minutes, frozen in position. Finally home plate umpire Gerg Gibson had to order them into their dugouts.

Kelly took the first step toward his dugout, and Van Slyke raised his arm in triumph as he retreated to his dugout, where he got congratulated by teammates.

The Dodgers, who have been accused of "Mickey Mouse" behavior throughout the series, seemed to be pretty amused by the standoff, as did the Cards — and they got the last laugh with a 9-0 win, lifting them into the World Series for the fourth time in 10 years.

"It was fun," Kelly said after the game.








And, of course, to put it in perspective, the Miami Marlins' Logan Morrison.