Orlando Arcia provided a memorable moment with that rundown escape as the country celebrated the Fourth of July. But he also showed some more patriotism prior to the final game of the season.
While the NFL squabbles over kneeling during the anthem, the Venezuelan shortstop couldn’t stop standing for America’s National Anthem, getting into a heated standoff with Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, of the Dominican Republic.
Arcia wins it! Martinez was decked out in a reflective vest and an umbrella while Arcia had third-base coach Ed Sedar’s helmet and a towel. But Martinez moved toward the dugout first and Arcia is declared the winner.
The best part about this standoff is that it embodies what this team was all season: a group of guys just trying to have fun. There’s nothing more fun and harmless than a little standoff. Usually the umpires have to force one player or the other to leave first and in this case it was Martinez.
In the midst of a national crisis about the anthem, America’s Pastime provides the ultimate support for it. Winning the standoff against the Brewers rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, in their home ballpark, however, is even sweeter.
This game was the day after the Milwaukee Brewers just got eliminated from playoff contention. They would’ve had every right to go into this game kind of upset and not in the mood for anything like this. But even elimination couldn’t dampen the spirits of this team, perhaps that’s why Brewers fans love them so much.
For embodying the spirit of this 2017 Brewers team on the final game of the season, Orlando Arcia earns the tenth spot on this list.