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Michael Cuddyer Walk Off Home Run Saved Life Of Teammate Brad Thomas Scheduled To Be On 9/11 WTC Flight

Ten years ago Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit a walk off home run to win the first round of the 2001 Eastern League playoffs for his New Britain Rock Cats. The win extended the season and forced the players to change their airline plans. Australian native and Cuddyer’s teammate Brad Thomas was one of many who had to change their flight plans. It turned out that Cuddyer’s blast not only won the series but it also saved Thomas’s life. He was ticketed on American Airlines Flight 11 scheduled to go from Boston to Los Angeles on the morning of September 11th 2001. The plane was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. In the video from KSTP News in Minneapolis, Cuddyer talks about how he thinks of Thomas and everyone affected by the 9-11 tragedy.

VIDEO: Wally Backman Kicks Dirt On Umpire After Getting Ejected From Binghamton Mets Game

Former New York Mets World Series champion Wally Backman has become a YouTube legend for his ejections while managing the South Georgia Peanuts. Now a days Backman is the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets where it appears he still has a hearty temper. This video is from the July 10th B-Mets vs New Britain Rock Cats game. Immediately prior, Binghamton designated hitter had been ejected for arguing a called third strike. Backman comes out to protect his player and gets run too, and after picking up the hat that threw, Backman kicks dirt at the umpire like a pro.