A home flight, a podium, a double punt and more during a frenzied sports night



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There was only a handful of games going on last night, but enough fodder produced from both to last as long as that box of Graham Crackers in your pantry.

Let’s go through them one by one, okay?

First you had one of the rarest pieces in the sport, a direct home flight by Randy Arozarena of the Rays in Tampa Bay. Red Sox 5-0 whitewash in ALDS game 1. It’s not often that you get one – is there a rarer set? – and removed so neatly.

“I noticed the pitcher wasn’t keeping attention on me. I was able to take a pretty big lead and take that base, ”Arozarena told reporters after the match. “This is my first time flying home.

“He’s been asking me throughout the season, “Verde, verde, verde” – green light “, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We finally gave it to him.”

It was the first straight home steal in a playoff game since Jackie Robinson stole the dish in the 1955 World Series. Yogi Berra is probably still complaining about this call to home plate umpire Bill Summers some time ago. part in The Balcony.

Arozarena also made last night’s ALDS history by touring, becoming the first player in baseball history to steal home and go to the yard in the same game.

Oh what a night.

As the late Ron Popeil would say… .. “But wait, there’s more! »Before that of Arozarena Unprecedented double dip, Nelson Cruz also scored, but with a certain quirk from Tropicana Field.

Yes, Cruz’s explosion in the center hit one of those gateways Too (the C or D ring) and even though the ball landed in a shallow cross it was deemed a rule home run. ground.

Here is the rule:

A struck ball that strikes one of the two lower gangways (referred to as a “C-ring” and “D-ring”), including any lights or hanging objects attached to one of these gangways as well as the angled support rods that connect the “C-Ring” to the masts which support the “D-Ring” in fair territory: Home Run.

And at 41, Cruz became the second oldest player to score in the playoffs. Only Julio Franco was older at 105. Okay, Franco was 43.

Crossing the other side of the country, the cat corner if you will, to Seattle where this bit of madness happened in Thursday night football (look away from those neon plains, by the way).

Now this tweet from NFL Officiating says it’s legal to double the kick if the kick is behind the line of scrimmage, but was this one? The line of scrimmage was the Seattle 21. It seems pretty clear to me, at least to me, that Seahawks punter Michael Dickson passed the 21 when he threw the ball to the Rams 11. So, I say, everything is lacking. respect towards @NFLofficiant, that it was not a legal punt.

But what’s really great about it is that Dickson is an Australian football guy and he didn’t know what he had just done was legal (although it shouldn’t have been. ).

“I didn’t know the rules for double kicks,” Dickson said after the game. “I had always thought that if it was even stuck behind the line of scrimmage and I couldn’t move it forward, I was going to do Australian rules stuff and try to hit it, hit it on the field and do whatever I can.

“It’s always been in my head. And then I had the opportunity. And I just did.

Popeil tail … But wait, there is still more!

Also in this game you had this bit of horror.


Wilson was unable to return to the game, which provided one of the rarest things in all of sports: a sighting from Geno Smith. And if you haven’t had the chance to see how Smith performed, you should. He looked good. And if you didn’t know he was still in the league, you’re not alone.

All in all it was an unforgettable night, the seventh night in October.


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