ST. LOUIS — There was nothing Kolten Wong could do to atone for getting picked off first base to end Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. He didn’t get on the field again, and the St. Louis Cardinalslost in six games to the Boston Red Sox.
That doesn’t mean he couldn’t grow from the experience, humiliating though it was, and carry it with him forward — in a good way. Put in a position to take positive action, Wong hit the deciding home run for the Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night. His two-run blast to the bullpen in right field against left-hander Scott Elbert in the seventh inning was the turning point in a 3-1 victory that gave St. Louis a 2-1 series advantage on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wong displayed plenty of emotion rounding the bases, from the satisfied bat flip to practically skipping into the dugout like a little kid. He topped it off with a business-like salute from a high step in the dugout after fans asked for a curtain call.