Houston Astros Rays Minute Maid Gattis Homer

Game 79 // Ninth Inning, Houston // The Back to Backers

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: ASTROS 5 (3) – 4 RAYS

 

The quickest of the big innings, by far, this season.

Carlos Correa, with the first pitch of the Houston ninth, no outs.

An opposite field home run to left, surprising even himself, as if the swing were accidental, expected foul, then watching it watching it carry carry carry on and over the wall just fair enough and just far enough for a score. Continue reading “Game 79 // Ninth Inning, Houston // The Back to Backers”

Last Game Yankees Rays Rain Sketch Rodriguez

Game 75 // First Inning, New York // A-Rod’s Last Dance

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


BOTTOM OF THE FIRST: YANKEES 1 (0) – 1 RAYS

 

A president’s term near over. Letterman gone. Stewart gone. Colbert Colbert gone. And in the sports world Jeter gone. Mariano and Kobe and Peyton gone. Phelps, he insists, gone too. Papi’s last months flying by in a blur. The Wheaties-box heroes of a childhood now retired and gone within a year, their on-field ashes scattered among the montages and the career statlines, highlight reels and storylines. And the last, the very last of the holdouts from the days of ‘90s/00’s fame longevity—the great, the loathed, the historic, the only: Alex Rodriguez.

Tonight was his last game in the major-leagues.

 

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Game 46 // Seventh Inning, St. Pete // Starlin Light, Starlin Bright

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: YANKEES 2 (0) – 1 RAYS

 

Jake Odorizzi is throwing a no-hitter. Six innings on the books. His last name appears to be Rougned Odor’s rap name. Drizzy. Weezy. Odorizzi.

The cowbells are at full clang inside the Trop, locked in tight battle with a strong New York contingent, chanting Continue reading “Game 46 // Seventh Inning, St. Pete // Starlin Light, Starlin Bright”

Game 23 // Ninth Inning, St. Pete // Rays Walk It Off

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: RAYS 4 3 – 3 BLUE JAYS

 

It’s Chris Archer Bobble-Head Night down in St. Pete, it’s my first time in the Trop, and its domed, decaying interior is making me queasy. The concourse looks like a high school gymnasium and smells like off-brand candy corn. I’m not in Kansas Wrigley Field anymore…

Sitting next to me is my dad, repeating the questionable joke that it’s actually “bobble-hands” night—with two errors in the first inning, and Continue reading “Game 23 // Ninth Inning, St. Pete // Rays Walk It Off”

Game 15 // Fourth Inning, Boston // The Price Is Wrong

TOP OF THE FOURTH: RAYS 8 2 – 5 RED SOX

 

David Price on the mound today against his former team, wagging his yellow mouth-guard out between his teeth and cheeks, getting the first out of the 4th inning with a 5-2 lead. He’s got Continue reading “Game 15 // Fourth Inning, Boston // The Price Is Wrong”