10/09/2005: The last man standing wins.....
Occasionally, in baseball, you can even take that literally (sorta).
Congratulations to the Houston Astros, who just beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 in 18 innings. No doubt the Braves and the 'stros thought that we National League fans were disappointed by the Cardinals sweeping the Padres last night, so they decided to give us two full games for the price of one, to make up for the Cards-Padres game that went AWOL today. And congrats to Chris Burke, whose walk-off homer clinched it for the Astros.
From the Much Weirdness department: Roger "the Rocket" Clemens notched the win, pitching in relief. Not a sight I ever thought I'd see in my lifetime.
And from the You Could Look It Up department: at 18 innings, this is the longest postseason game in the history of MLB (or so the ESPN analysts tell us; I've not had a chance to check the records myself). [UPDATE: And in case you were wondering, the game lasted 5 hours and 50 minutes according to the box score.] And this is the first time in postseason play that two grand slams were hit in one postseason game.
Len on 10.09.05 @ 06:08 PM CST