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Kolten Wong tweets apology to Cardinals' fans after World Series blunder

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2013

Kolten Wong, the former University of Hawaii baseball standout from the Big Island, took to Twitter Sunday night to apologize to fans for his base-running mistake that ended the St. Louis Cardinals' chances for a ninth-inning comeback in Game 4 of the World Series.

The game ended with Boston Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara picking off Wong, a pinch-runner who had taken a big lead off first base with slugger -- and potential tying-run -- Carlos Beltran at the plate. The Red Sox won the game, 4-2, and tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. 

"All i want to say is i'm sorry #CardinalNation I go out everyday playing this game as hard as I can and leaving everything on the field," Wong tweeted after Sunday's game. A subsequent tweet thanked everyone for their support.

It was the first time that a World Series game ended on a pickoff.

Wong took full responsibility for the blunder.

"I just got a little too far off and my back foot slipped out," Wong told reporters after the game. "He just made a good throw. I slipped and that's it."

Wong, who was a first-round draft pick for the Cardinals this year, played for the UH Rainbow Warriors and Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii.

The Cardinals and Red Sox play Game 5 today in St. Louis.

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kiragirl wrote:
Kolten, Hawaii stands behind you. You do us proud!
on October 28,2013 | 11:14AM
Anonymous wrote:
Kolten did boston good - no bogus interference call...
on October 28,2013 | 12:08PM
Slow wrote:
Baseball is a game of redemption. Kolten will not do this again and will, I am sure, have a successful MLB career.
on October 28,2013 | 11:16AM
allie wrote:
I warned 2 weeks ago that Kolten was not ready for the spot light. he is a minor leaguer with some potential. He cannot hit yet and seems unsteady in the field. Not sure why he was chosen to be on the WS roster. That said, I hope he gets to redeem himself.
on October 28,2013 | 12:25PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Shove it hard.
on October 28,2013 | 12:54PM
Allie, when your pau shoving it-grab a hammer and bang it a couple more times!!
on October 28,2013 | 01:13PM
BIG wrote:
on October 29,2013 | 09:21AM
PokeStop wrote:
Boneheaded mistake! Your run meant nothing and you took the bat out of the Cards best hitter! Beltran was p.o'd. Looks like Trap didn't teach you much at UH!
on October 28,2013 | 11:24AM
walaau808 wrote:
Guess you're commenting because of all the experience you've had playing on baseball's biggest stage.
on October 28,2013 | 11:39AM
Descartes22 wrote:
But Crapasso is a masterful coach on par with Ciao and Arnie the Younger.
on October 28,2013 | 11:42AM
Morimoto wrote:
Yeah it was a bonehead mistake, and according to Dave Reardon's article, he also got picked off a lot at UH, so it's not like this is a totally new experience to him. My issue is that this was more a mental mistake than physical. Yes he slipped but the team was down by TWO runs and the runner behind him was the one that really mattered. He shouldn't have been playing so aggressively (in his own words). I can see if it was a one run game he might play aggressively but down by two and the tying run behind you, you have to play conservatively, even a casual baseball fan can see that. That said I wish Kolton well, we all make mistakes, learn from them and move on.
on October 28,2013 | 12:21PM
allie wrote:
on October 28,2013 | 12:25PM
Morimoto wrote:
I swear half your comments are things like "agree", "true", scary". C'mon baby, at least come up with something original instead of the same old song and dance.
on October 28,2013 | 01:06PM
on October 28,2013 | 01:14PM
kds wrote:
he messed up and took full responsibility but the first base coach should have kept him closer to the bag. either way, don't know why he has to tweet an apology to st. louis nation.
on October 28,2013 | 11:32AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
He didn't have to! He just showed that he has class, which should make all of us in HI proud. Those who should be ashamed are those who reportedly tweeted racial slurs because of his mistake. Seems like there are still those among us who show little reason to be called Americans. Second year of professional baseball, called up to the major league team, and makes it to the World Series roster. What more can you expect from someone so young and inexperienced. Azz OK, Kolten, you did us proud.
on October 28,2013 | 11:55AM
gobows wrote:
Ouch Pokestop.......lets not state the obvious.....sounds like you lost a wager or something.
on October 28,2013 | 11:37AM
PokeStop wrote:
Lunch money!
on October 28,2013 | 11:47AM
NEtrades wrote:
Keep your head up. Lot's of baseball left in the series. You made that awesome play in game three that probably saved the game. Make the most of your next chance; which will probably happen when the game is on the line once again. Good things happen to people who work hard and you have proven that by earning your postseason roster spot. You have a bright future ahead of you and Hawaii is behind you.
on October 28,2013 | 11:55AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
He didn't have to, but he showed class by doing so, which should make all of us in HI proud. How many others make it to the major league team and the World Series roster their second year as a professional? Hang in there, Kolten, a whole lot of us are proud of you.
on October 28,2013 | 11:59AM
808waddup wrote:
Kolten Wong has class!
on October 28,2013 | 11:59AM
allie wrote:
but Koji is da man!
on October 28,2013 | 12:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Beltran should be thanking Kolten for making the last out. Otherwise Koji would have struck Beltran out.
on October 28,2013 | 12:05PM
Morimoto wrote:
I don't know about that, Beltran is one of the best postseason hitters ever. BUt it would have been interesting. I really think Kolton made a huge mental mistake by playing so aggressively when his team was down by two runs and the run that really mattered was the one behind him. Such a huge mental mistake. I can see if you're down by one run playing aggressively but down by two runs, let the batter drive you in.
on October 28,2013 | 12:23PM
tod wrote:
No worries Kolten. The best thing about baseball is that you can make up for mistakes the very next day. Learn from it and move on.
on October 28,2013 | 12:12PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Kolten didn't lose the game for the Cardinals; they had plenty other chances to score and win. He done good in Game 3 and learned a lesson in Game 4 he will never forget. He has a long, bright future ahead to prove it. BTW, S-A, Kolten was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2011, NOT "this year."
on October 28,2013 | 01:45PM
OkiDawg wrote:
Exactly. What about the other 26 outs his teammates made? What about the runs given up? A single out does not a series make. It just looked bad coming at a dramatic time. If it happened it the first inning, would such a big deal be made? In any case, he made a mental error as we all do. He's a classy guy and will continue to grow.
on October 28,2013 | 07:51PM
BIG wrote:
on October 29,2013 | 09:26AM
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