Game 128 // Ninth Inning, Houston // Cory Blaser—What’s Going on, Big Guy?

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: ANGELS 2 – 0 ASTROS

 

Two days in a row now, a ballgame has ended with a walk-off replay review.

Bottom of the 9th, home team down by two, a runner called safe.

Then, a challenge, a review, and a reversal.

And an umpire. One umpire. The same umpire. Crouching in position on Sunday, crouching on Monday, crouching and making a terrible call.

Cory Blaser—what’s going on, big guy?

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Game 121 // First Inning, Anaheim // The Age of Ohtani

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST: ANGELS 6 (0) – 2 INDIANS

 

This league is in desperate need of a superstar.

A household name. A neighborhood name, a village name, a national name. From California to New York Island. From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters.

This land was made for Shohei Ohtani.

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Game 35 // Ninth Inning, Seattle // Pujols Wins It

TOP OF THE NINTH: ANGELS 9 (6) – 7 MARINERS

 

With one swing of the bat, Albert Pujols became the one-man big inning. He took the Angels from 7-6 down to 9-7 up—with a single hit far bigger than any whole inning prior—continuing his legacy as the last guy you’d want to pitch to with a game on the line, no matter his age, no matter his recent stats. The guy who was considered one of the best all-time, in St. Louis, who’d fallen off some in recent years.

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Game 12 // Twelfth Inning, Minnesota // Here Come the Twins

BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH: TWINS 3 2 – 2 ANGELS

 

These Twins are making a comeback, folks. Optimism is coming out of its winter hiding like a Baseball Groundhog Day, hope spreading around the upper midwest from Duluth to Fargo, Winona to Winnipeg.

First nine games of the season: L L L L L L L L L. But then, something changed.

On Friday, Minnesota came back from Continue reading “Game 12 // Twelfth Inning, Minnesota // Here Come the Twins”