If you are one of those people who leaves the ballpark early, all I can say is shame on you. SHAME!
Today was an excellent example of why I don’t leave the ballpark early. After scoring two early against Andy Pettit, the A’s would eventually fall behind 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. When in the ninth, you see Mr. Automatic, Mariano Rivera, and he gets Chavez to ground out, and then Bobby flies out to deep right. If there was ever a time that heading to the exits might seem reasonable, this is it.
But instead, it turned into an example of why you stay till the last out.
Walker gets a single, and then goes to second on fielder’s indifference. After a good AB, Kendell fights off some high pitches and draws a walk. Up comes Marco Scutaro, who had 7 walkoff hits in his career. He quickly goes down 0-2.
And then hits one deep to left field, off the left field foul pole. Walk off home run.
That’s why I stay to the last pitch.
Today also happens to be the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first African American MLB baseball player. I can’t decide whether we’ve come a long way, or we have a long way to go. Probably both.