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. What's the realistic upside, RMc? 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
Guts
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - Politics - February 2015: At This Party, You’d Better Keep It Down. Arizona Sheriff Known for Toughness Is Allowing Inmates to Watch the Super Bowl
(3307 - 11:58am, Feb 27)
Last: Bitter Mouse

NewsblogJohan Santana gets another chance, signs with Blue Jays
(10 - 11:55am, Feb 27)
Last: BDC

Newsblog‘Tres Amigos’ lead new-look Red Sox’s scary offensive dynamo | New York Post
(6 - 11:55am, Feb 27)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogLos Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton likely faces significant suspension | FOX Sports
(29 - 11:55am, Feb 27)
Last: Adam G

NewsblogBlue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders injured, out until all-star break
(32 - 11:46am, Feb 27)
Last: Bug Selig

NewsblogYankees confident they can avoid paying A-Rod milestone bonuses - CBSSports.com
(43 - 11:46am, Feb 27)
Last: AROM

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-27-2015
(9 - 11:44am, Feb 27)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(534 - 11:07am, Feb 27)
Last: ursus arctos

NewsblogA-Rod circus taking pressure off Gregorius at Yankees camp - NY Daily News
(2 - 11:02am, Feb 27)
Last: Batman

NewsblogRed Sox land Cuban prospect Moncada
(220 - 10:49am, Feb 27)
Last: jacksone (AKA It's OK...)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - February 2015
(1168 - 10:05am, Feb 27)
Last: NJ in DC (Now with Wife!)

NewsblogJose Molina joins the Cardinals as a guest instructor
(10 - 9:51am, Feb 27)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogThe Cuba Diaries: The Last Day of the Caribbean Derek Jeter, Carlos Tabares
(2 - 9:28am, Feb 27)
Last: JRVJ

NewsblogDavid Ortiz Goes Off In Epic, Expletive-Filled Rant On Speed of Game Changes - Extra Bases - Boston.com
(50 - 9:17am, Feb 27)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-26-2015
(12 - 8:17am, Feb 27)
Last: Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy

Page rendered in 0.1932 seconds
48 querie(s) executed