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

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 10:52 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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