Monday, October 01, 2007
An intense, exciting ballgame--moving into the 13th inning. Tied at 6 apiece--The San Diego Padres and The Colorado Rockies were locked up in a barnburner. Honestly--it looked like these two teams might play until the sun rises on Tuesday Morning. Then, The Rockies Manager Clint Hurdle made his worst managerial decision of the year. He decided to send MY BOY!! Jorge Julio, out to the mound with the season on the line.
Come On!! Its Jorge Julio!!
There had to be somebody else available?
Looking over at The African Queen--I just started laughing. How many times have we seen this before. When a baseball game counts the most--you DO NOT WANT to depend on Jorge Julio.
As well documented here--Time & Time & Time Again--Number 50 in your scorecard has blown many an opportunity. My Boy!! wears his emotions on his sleeves. Rarely, does he have his head in the game.
And, he didn't disappoint again tonight. Just two batters into the 13th--The San Diego Padres had the lead. A leadoff walk to Brian Giles--followed immediately by Scott Hairston lining Julio's second pitch--over the left field wall--for what appeared to be the DECISIVE RUNS. Jorge Julio had done it AGAIN!! In Dramatic Fashion. The Boo's rained down from all over Coors Field.
What in the world was Clint Hurdle Thinking?
Clint!! Come On!! Its Jorge Julio. Lessons that should have been well learned--Apparently, The Hard Way--By You Tonight.
Wow!! The Julio Saga is quite sad--honestly.
But, then--The Baseball Gods decided that MY BOY!! would not destroy The Colorado Rockies Season. They are one of The Better Stories of 2007. Clint Hurdle got a Do Over. Because, when this game was FINALLY, played out and done--this Wild Card Tiebreaker became Jamey Carroll's Night. Yes, The Rockies with an INCREDIBLE RALLY against Sure To Be Hall of Famer--Trevor Hoffman. A Bottom of the 13th leadoff double by Kaz Matsui, Troy Tulowitski Double to center, followed by a Matt Holliday BLAST off the right field fence at Coors Field that tied this game to bring up Former Washington National Jamey Carroll.
With the ENTIRE STADIUM ROCKING in disbelief--Nick Johnson's BEST FRIEND continued to show his value. With The Season on the line--Jamey lined Hoffman's very first pitch to right field. A short fly that Brian Giles had a play at the plate on. With Holliday rushing home with the apparent winning run--The Padres Michael Barrett completely blocked the plate. So much so--the face diving Holliday completely missed home while grinding his mouth into the dirt. As the ball bounced away from Barrett, Home Plate Umpire Tim McClelland hesitated, but then gave The Safe Call--to give The Colorado Rockies a MOST IMPROBABLE VICTORY.
A National League Wild Card Winner--that replay's showed--Matt DID NOT EVER TOUCH HOME PLATE.
But, it DID NOT MATTER--This AMAZING GAME, a 9-8 13 Inning Thriller!! was decided by Three Players with Close Ties to Our Washington Nationals.
My Boy!! Jorge Julio, 2005 Fan Favorite Jamey Carroll with the Game Winning Stroke; and--of all people--Ramon Ortiz with The Win. Ramon had relieved Julio after Jorge's Blow up in the top of the 13th.
How Fitting--all the way around. An exciting game that left me feeling very proud of Jamey Carroll. Good Guy, The Right Time--and he delivered when it counted the most. Always fun to root for the little guy--especially one that always gives his all.
So, do you think Clint Hurdle will let My Boy!! see any daylight come Philadelphia?
Do you think Trevor Hoffman will fret about his two blowups over the past three days.? He alone--cost The San Diego Padres their 2007 postseason. Even a Hall of Famer--has a terrible streak. Helps to make "The Chief Cardiologist's" sometimes thrilling efforts, a little more palatable. Even The Best of All Time Blow them--more than a few times.
No Doubt though--This was a great game. A GREAT GAME!!--to be remembered for some time.