Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Baseball: when the home team has the advantage (not just in kids' backyard games)
Let’s turn to baseball. The greatest sin is to blow a game in the bottom of the ninth on the road. Leading 5-4, the Mets scored 5 in the top of the 9th to lead 10-4. With only one out, the Nats came back with 7, ending the game with a 3-run homer from Suzuki, a no-doubter, for the biggest walkoff since the team moved from Montreal in 2005.
Back in 1961, the “new” Senators had spotted the White Sox 3 in the top of the 9th, and came back with 4, including a homer by Willie Tasby with two outs in the ninth on a two-strike pitch (box).
Then, later that June, right after my high school graduation, I watched them (at a party in Maryland) score 5 in the top of the 9th, to lead 12-5, only to give up 8 runs with two outs and a man on first and lose 13-12 (box) and go on to be swept in a four game series. They would finish the season 61-100.
Another aside: Starbucks has stopped carrying print newspapers, because people take them, and they don’t want to enforce a no-shoplifting policy on newspapers. Even worse for the legacy newspaper.