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Why baseball is amazing [Aug. 23rd, 2009|09:20 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Practically nobody reading will follow this, but still: I've just watched probably the second most amazing end to a sporting contest I've ever seen. Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Mets were down 9-6, but scored one run and had two men on base with nobody out as John Francouer came to bat. The Mets executed what's called a hit-and-run play which is where the men on base start running and the batter tries to hit the ball - if it comes off the runners have a head start and might get a base further than if they'd waited for the hit. Although Francouer hit the ball really hard, it was unfortunately straight at a fielder who executed a, unassisted triple play, which is the rarest event in baseball, and something that had only previously happened 14 times in the last 100 years. Game over. Sigh.

ETA: The game also contained an inside the park home run, which is pretty rare itself, but more in the order of something that happens once or twice a year.
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[User Picture]From: minnesattva
2009-08-23 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! That's stunning.

Just sorry it had to happen against your team.
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[User Picture]From: minnesattva
2009-08-23 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ha, I was just going to ask that. If this is only the second-most amazing...
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-08-23 08:41 pm (UTC)


Edited at 2009-08-23 08:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: minnesattva
2009-08-24 06:32 am (UTC)
See, I watched that and went "Oh. Okay." Clearly I have a long way to go with football :)
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[User Picture]From: bengraham
2009-08-24 10:37 am (UTC)
I can't watch YouTube at werk, but you've clearly gone for United vs Bayern in 1999, which isn't even the most amazing end to a football game in history.... that honour quite clearly goes to Michael Thomas in 1989 for Arsenal at Anfield. For a 42 game season to be decided by a goal 25 seconds from the end... just incredible. The CL Final was astounding, but it was a one-off game, and even if Solskjaer hadn't scored the winner, it was still going to extra time.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-08-24 10:50 am (UTC)
Ah, but I said the most amazing one I've seen - I missed the Liverpool v Arsenal game because it was the night of my 17th birthday party. So, erm, yes.
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From: funnynamehere
2009-08-23 09:24 pm (UTC)
Haha I could've told you that (and I remember silently cursing Bayern's poor defending).
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[User Picture]From: ultra_lilac
2009-08-24 12:40 am (UTC)
I love the Mets, if only because they have the best mascot.
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[User Picture]From: jtemperance
2009-08-24 06:51 pm (UTC)
It was also only the second time in baseball history that a game has ended with an unassisted triple play. The other time was in 1927.
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