Archive for September, 2011
Down by nine games.
Down by seven runs.
Down to one out.
With all the odds against them, the Tampa Bay Rays have lived to play another day. A month ago it didn’t seem possible. In the seventh inning of last nights game it didn’t seem possible. But with one swing in the twelfth last night against the New York Yankees, the Rays are playoff bound.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Minnesota Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee stepped up to the plate to face the great Mariano Rivera. Like so many before him, his night, and the game ended with a fastball.
“Strike three, ballgame over. The greatest closer in history now has the most saves in history.”
That’s how it was announced on the broadcast when Yankees’ closer announced his arrival into the baseball record books. On this day, the converted shortstop passed Trevor Hoffman as baseball’s all-time saves leader with number 602.
The hockey world was stung yesterday by a tragedy, the likes of which has never been seen. At around 4 p.m. Moscow time, a Yak-42 airplane crashed just outside of Yaroslavl, Russia. 43 of the 45 people on board were killed. Amongst those that lost their lives were members of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, a team in the Kontinental Hockey League who were en route to Minsk, Belarus to open their season.
“Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world — including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.