This is the first fan video to surface from inside Tropicana Field when Evan Longoria hit his Walk Off Home Run against the Yankees that won the Wild Card for the Tampa Bay Rays. It would appear they are about 10 rows from the field behind the Rays dugout. It’s pretty awesome footage. Can’t imagine being there to see that game in person.
Check out Ryan Roberts walk off grand slam from last night. The Diamondbacks trailed the Dodgers 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 10th. The D-Backs rallied to load the bases and set up Roberts heroics. The grand slam won the game for the Diamondbacks and kept their home field advantage dreams alive. In addition to the home run heroics, Roberts provided an equally epic trot around the bases in which he re-enacted manager Kirk Gibson’s famous fist pumping of his 1988 World Series Home Run off of Dennis Eckersley, and also ripped off his jersey before jumping into a sea of teammates. The blast came three nights after Ryan Roberts Bobblehead Night in Arizona. The bobbleheads which came complete with Roberts tattooed arms are currently going bonkers on Ebay. Check out the Home Run trot below, a video from the stands during the blast, as well as the post game interview with Roberts.
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.
This folks is why Washington Nationals Double-A outfielder Bryce Harper is the best prospect in baseball. The 18 year old blasted a Ryan Pope 3-2 pitch to dead center field that went 480 feet, according to MILB.com, to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 3-2 walk off win over the Trenton Thunder on Friday night. It was Harper’s third Home Run in Double-A and his first at home in Harrisburg. See the Home Run from multiple angles.
See the ball travel:
The view from above:
The view from the third base side:
The celebration on field: