09/23/2005: Thought for the Day:
This is why I love this game.
There were seven one-run games last Saturday, September 17, including one in which Chacon beat Chacin. In the game, the Yankees became the first team in history to play five different players with at least 300 career home runs.
Plus there was one extra-inning game, in which the Nationals' invincible Chad Cordero gave up a two-out ninth-inning game-tying grand slam to San Diego's Khalil Greene, and the Padres eventually won 8-5. A congressional investigation was quickly conducted.
To top it off, the Phillies scored 10 runs in the ninth inning after being shut out for the first eight to beat the Marlins 10-2.
The night before, Manny Ramirez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the tenth for a "walk-off HBP" against Oakland. And last Wednesday, Gabe Kapler ruptured his Achilles tendon running the bases on Tony Graffinino's home run and had to be removed for a pinch runner in the middle of the play. For the pinch runner, Alejandro Machado, it was his first time on base in a major league game.
Sometimes this column just writes itself. Is there any other game that is even remotely as fascinating?
Len on 09.23.05 @ 06:56 AM CST