Cubs reliever Jason Motte had a unique and scary view of the only wild-card game he has participated in.
"There were beer bottles being thrown at me," Motte recalled with a laugh. "Shoes were being thrown from the upper deck."
And Motte was merely warming up in the Turner Field bullpen when the mayhem began in Atlanta. A controversial infield-fly ruling stunted a rally by the Braves in the first National League wild-card game in 2012 and incited fans to litter the field.
Motte, then pitching for the Cardinals, earned the final four outs to preserve a 6-3 victory before sprinting off the field at the suggestion of catcher Yadier Molina to reduce the...