Halloween has come and gone, but players on the St. Louis Cardinals are among the many to report ghost stories through the regular season.
Cut4 released testimonials from several players, both active and retired, who reported ghost stories from the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Two of these stories are from Carlos Martinez and Marcell Ozuna. The veteran St. Louis Cardinals are the most recent to report hauntings in the hotel.
These players are just trying to do their job, but something about this hotel makes it a little harder. This is worse because this happens when the team is playing the Brewers, a divisional rival who wound up winning the NL Central this season.
Martinez and Ozuna were in separate rooms and they each saw a ghost. As seen in the Cut4 article, Martinez posted his account on Instagram. Luckily, the team found strength in numbers and conceded to Francisco Pena‘s room to prepare for a fight of the paranormal kind.
One thing we know for sure, is that everyone survived to play on.
The Instagram video happened on June 20th, and the first game of the series was on the 21st. The starter of that game was none other than Carlos Martinez. He lasted only four innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits. It is fair to think the ghost was on his mind.
Ozuna did not fare any better in the opening game of the series. He went hitless in four at bats, striking out twice. But at leas with him we can look at the whole series to see the true effect. In total, the St. Louis Cardinals oufielder collected two hits, a run, and two walks in 10 at bats. He struck out three times.
There is something clearly wrong with this hotel. In total, nine players have come forward with sightings of ghosts. Teams just need to stop staying in this hotel before they play the Brewers. Some might consider it cheating in the Brewers favor. But probably not. The hotel might be confirmed haunted at this point though!
The St. Louis Cardinals are now among the teams victimized by the Pfister Hotel. In the Halloween spirit, it just adds another layer to this game we all love.