Albert Pujols scores on a wild pitch
The Yankees clinch the AL East.
I was at this game..unlike anything I’ve ever seen..
The Braves Remember 9/11 - The First Game Back in NY: Mets and Braves
Tom Glavine: It went to a different place emotionally than we really thought or had really kind of come to grips with how it was going to all play out.
John Smoltz: Nobody had a script. Nobody knew what was going to happen. You know, hugging another player or shaking hands, or doing whatever it was in a competitive environment. It was a single night where you knew no matter what happened, It was okay.
Chipper Jones: The fans they said, you know, we need this for our own piece of mind, for our own good. Give us three hours of good entertainment to take our minds off of everything. It was only fitting that the idol Mike Piazza hits a home run in the bottom of the 8th to win it for them.
I said it after the game, you know, It’s really the only time that I didn’t really mind losing a game.
Mark Derosa: It was just one of those moments where we realized that swing was bigger than what we were out on the field for. It was supposed to happen like that. I believe that. They were supposed to win that game. Their hero was supposed to hit a home run in that situation.
Curtis Granderson throwing out Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles today.
This story is just astounding…
Mickey Mantle’s torn A.C.L.
The Mick’s injury-riddled baseball career is well-chronicled—he suffered from osteomyelitis, a painful bone disease that would later exempt him from military service during the Korean War—but Jane Leavy claims in her Mantle biography, The Last Boy, to have found what really happened to his knee in ‘51.
From a NY Times article by Richard Sandomir:
Her research into Mantle’s injury history rejects his claim that his right knee was operated on after he fell over a drain cover at Yankee Stadium while stopping to let Joe DiMaggio catch a fly ball in the 1951 World Series. When Mantle had surgery two years later, there was no established procedure to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which she believes Mantle played on for the rest of his career.
The orthopedic surgeon who analyzed the case history that Leavy compiled said it was likely that Mantle compensated for the torn A.C.L. with what the orthopedist called “neuromuscular genius.”
Mantle went on to play 17 more seasons, won three MVPs, hit 523 homers, stole 145 bases, played 12,000 innings in center field, and was widely regarded as the “fastest man to first base”. The very notion he did this in spite of a torn A.C.L. is nothing short of mind-boggling.
Twins trade Thome to Indians
Some happy Rays..