Six months of baseball came down to about 3 minutes last night. In those 3 minutes, two team’s fortunes completely changed on some of the most dramatic and improbable plays in regular season sports history. It’s beyond Disney to put in words what happened to the Rays this September. They overcame a nine-game September deficit to a team with a payroll 120 million dollars more than them. If that wasn’t cornball enough, they even overcame a 7 run deficit with just 6 outs remaining and their season on the line against their division rivals whose payroll is 160 million more than them. All it took was one of the most improbable pinch-hit HR’s in MLB history and a monumental late game collapse by the Sawks which featured a biffed play by the Tampa’s former star, Carl Crawford, to put them in.
That was Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac reacting to the insanity of last night. It’s always nice to see some genuine enthusiasm when they don’t even know the camera is on. My personal highlight is the high five (?) that takes place 45 seconds in.
Tigers/Yanks and Rays/Rangers start this Friday. Phillies/Cardinals and Diamondbacks/Brewers start on Saturday.