Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Ben Zobrist’s two-run homer in 11th lifts Tampa Bay Rays to 3-1 win over Texas Rangers

Go-Go Zorilla!

Ben Zobrist isn’t one to show much emotion on the field during a game.

But Friday night’s 3-1, 11-inning win over the Rangers in front of 19,545 at Tropicana Field was no ordinary night for the Zobrist family. Zobrist’s wife, Christian pop singer Julianna, started it off by singing the national anthem, and he finished it 3 hours, 32 minutes later with the first walkoff homer of his life, a two-run blast with no outs in the 11th.

“That was really exciting,” Zobrist said. “I’m just really happy we all got to experience a really fun night.”

Zobrist exuberantly raised his right arm to the roof as he made the turn at first base and lifted Tampa Bay (76-62) to its fourth win its past five games. The victory also pulled the Rays within one game of Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot and within two games of the East-leading Yankees.

“That may be the first time in major-league baseball history that happens, when the wife sings the anthem and then the husband hits a walkoff homer,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I really, really believe that might be a first.”

Repoz Posted: September 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rays

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: September 08, 2012 at 07:52 AM (#4230052)
in front of 19,545 at Tropicana Field

Pennant race? What pennant race?
   2. frannyzoo Posted: September 08, 2012 at 11:28 AM (#4230142)
It also happened to be a double promotion night, with free ugly neon hats for the first 10,000 fans and a post-game concert by a DJ named Calvin Harris (who must have made all the Tampa area Olds giddy with excitement).

Watching the game on mlb.tv, the crowd looked closer to 9,545 than 19,545. I think everyone who showed up got an ugly hat.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Infinite Joost (Voxter)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMatt Kemp's arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres
(26 - 4:00pm, Dec 18)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogRoyals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million
(17 - 3:59pm, Dec 18)
Last: AROM

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - December 2014
(666 - 3:59pm, Dec 18)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogOT: Politics - December 2014: Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller
(4790 - 3:58pm, Dec 18)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogRoyals sign Kris Medlen to two-year deal - MLB Daily Dish
(9 - 3:57pm, Dec 18)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogOrioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says
(12 - 3:54pm, Dec 18)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogSource: Myers to Padres in 11-player deal with Rays, Nats | MLB.com
(21 - 3:54pm, Dec 18)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOT: Soccer December 2014
(308 - 3:49pm, Dec 18)
Last: JuanGone..except1game

NewsblogThe 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!
(52 - 3:44pm, Dec 18)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogAre Wil Myers' flaws fixable? | FOX Sports
(89 - 3:38pm, Dec 18)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogOpening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League Baseball
(11 - 3:31pm, Dec 18)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogPosnanski: The Royals Celebration Tour
(6 - 3:20pm, Dec 18)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2014
(37 - 3:19pm, Dec 18)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1960 Ballot
(7 - 3:15pm, Dec 18)
Last: Chris Fluit

NewsblogAZCentral: Miley's Preparation Apparently an Issue for DBacks
(16 - 3:03pm, Dec 18)
Last: Walt Davis

Page rendered in 0.1649 seconds
48 querie(s) executed