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Caption: ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 5: A fan of Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves holds up a sign of support during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Caption: ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 5: A fan of Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves holds up a sign of support during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Commissioner Bud Selig wanted people talking about the MLB playoffs but I’m not sure he wanted the conversation to be the one that everyone is having in barbershops across America this morning. That conversation is either about how ridiculous the “NEW” playoff system is or the way the Braves-Cardinals game played out last night.

Here locally the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, were in a one and done matchup versus the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Things seemed to be going the way of the hometeam with David Ross hitting a two-run homer to give the Braves a 2-0 lead and with Kris Medlen on the mound what could go wrong?

Everything…

Let’s start with the Braves defense, which was tops in the major leagues this season gave up four errors in the game. Chipper Jones, Andrelton Simmons, & Dan Uggla all recorded costly errors in the ballgame that had the team down 6-2. However, the team still had a shot late in the game, it was the bottom of the 8th with 2 runners on base when “IT” happened…

Simmons hit a popup to left field that fell between left fielder Matt Holiday and shortstop Pete Kozma, but left field umpire Sam Holbrook called for the infield fly rule as the ball was making its descent.

The questionable call gave Atlanta runners at second and third with two outs rather than having the bases loaded with one out.  Major League Baseball denied the Braves of the protest shortly after the game ended.  Fans angrily threw debris onto the field in protest of the call, delaying the game nearly 20 minutes.

In the final game of his career Chipper Jones sadly went 1-for-5.

The Cards advance to the National League Division Series where they will host the Washington Nationals starting Sunday.

Rob Calloway can be reached at robert.calloway@cbsradio.com. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3

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