Sunday, February 21, 2016

Just One of Them Games

ELITE EIGHT Action: In one of the most strangest games, or at least strangest endings to a game I ever had (or at least for some time).
A game between the 2002 Oakland Athletics at Fenway, against the 1946 Boston Red Sox -- This is the furthest Oakland ever got in tourney play, while Boston has duplicated its best, making it to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive tournament.
Early on, nothing seemed out of the norm, with Boston taking a early 2-0 lead, during the bottom of the 3rd on a RBI single by Bobby Doerr; Doerr scored the first run in the 2nd from second, on a RBI single by Johnny Pesky.
It would not be until the 7th inning, until the Athletics strike back, with an RBI single by David Justice and RBI double by Terrance Long -- Ramon Hernandez would get thrown out at home trying for the lead run on that play.
It would be the last run for either team for the next (almost) 10 innings.
Top of the 16th, with John Mabry on 2nd, Oakland's Terrance Long would hit a single to center, Mabry would try for home, but get thrown out with an amazing throw from Dom DiMaggio. Oakland would fail to score that Inning.
Bottom of the 17th, Cory Lidle on the mound for the A's (Oakland starting to run out of players) -- Ted Williams would draw a walk, and Dom DiMaggio would follow with a single, advancing Williams to third; With Oakland only having C pitchers left, and Rudy York at the plate -- Oakland would call on Jim Mecir (C-R), a righty vs righty... Making Mecir for this at-bat a Grade B-R, making Boston's chances a little tougher.
With no outs, runners on 1st & 3rd, Rudy York would roll a 64-37 -- "Runner on 1st out stealing 2nd; A-C PO-SS; other scores; * no score"; DiMaggio is out stealing second, but pulls off the play of the game by drawing attention to self, so that Ted Williams can win the game by stealing home!
Never, for all I can remember, have I ever had a walk-off steal.

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