illustration by Samara Pearlstein
Ramon Santiago’s very first ever walkoff hit! O the wonder, the splendor, the pile of happy cats at and around home plate! The joy of winning in extra innings! The hilarity of victory coming while Kyle Farnsworth is standing on the mound! The incoherent Ramon Santiago postgame on-field interview!
So much goodness. Even if you believe the Tigers should have been losing the game (as Justin Ruggiano probably should have been safe at home, but was called out because the young homeplate ump was understandably blinded by Alex Avila’s rugged good looks), it is impossible to argue with the happiness that comes from a Ramon Santiago walkoff. IMPOSSIBLE.
Also, you must recall that the Tigers were ahead when the original version of this game was rained into oblivion. So it all works out in the end.
–I always want to give Phil Coke hugs when the cameras show him looking all nervous. Like when they focus on his feet bouncing in the dugout as he sits and watches the offense try to do things for him. He just seems so anxious! So in need of a hug! Dontrelle Willis inspired these exact feelings when he was around.
–Pitching into the 7th inning, giving up only 4 hits, NO walks, NO runs, well under 100 pitches… and Phil Coke does not get the Win. This is not a prosecutable crime, but until we get rid of Wins because they’re terrible, it should be.
–Magglio was back. He didn’t get any hits, but he hit the ball hard and with better luck would have probably seen at least one drop in. He appeared mobile in the field (as mobile as he ever is, anyways). I know we’re just waiting for his next Surgically Repaired X to give out– feel free to start the pool on what X will be this time around– but maybe things will be ok right up until that moment?
–Coke was making fun of Victor Martinez after the game. VMart scored the winning run from first base, and although he was clearly running all out, he was not actually moving that fast. It was obvious that he was, shall we say, laboring. Coke was joking about someone needing to get him an oxygen tank– a joke that, unknown to Coke, Rod Allen had already made up in the booth.
–I don’t know what Rays bench coach Dave Martinez is doing with his facial hair, but whatever it is, he’s clearly doing it as hard as he can. (Note: the beard is even longer now than it was when that photo was taken.)
–Seriously. Kyle Farnsworth.