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Monday, July 22, 2019

Montgomery traded, but place in Cubs history secure

It took 108 years for the Cubs to end their championship drought, so the final play of that 2016 World Series won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Mike Montgomery, who at that point had no saves in his big league career, got Michael Martinez to hit a weak grounder for the last out of Game 7 in Cleveland. Chicago won 8-7 in 10 innings.

Montgomery was traded to Kansas City this past week in a deal that sent Martin Maldonado to the Cubs, closing the book on the left-hander’s stint in Chicago. Although he hasn’t had a very effective 2019 season, Montgomery’s place in Cubs lore is secure because of his contribution to the title team.

Brian Wilson begs to differ….

 

QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, mike montgomery, trades

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   1. Spahn Insane Posted: July 22, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5863701)
Brian Wilson begs to differ

?
   2. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 22, 2019 at 09:21 AM (#5863707)
Yeah, I don't get it either. Did Wilson do something to erase his legacy of recording the final outs in the 2010 LDS, LCS, and WS, securing SF's first championship?
   3. PreservedFish Posted: July 22, 2019 at 09:48 AM (#5863725)
It must be a reference to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, whose contributions were largely forgotten after he left the band, only to watch them etch the very rock of music history with their epochal hit "Kokomo."
   4. Eric L Posted: July 22, 2019 at 01:38 PM (#5863883)
Very well done PF
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:34 PM (#5863945)

The Society for American Baseball Research defines a “Golden Pitch” as any time the pitching team and the hitting team both have a chance to win the World Series on a given pitch. It’s obviously rare. It requires a winner-take-all game at the end of the World Series. The home team has to be trailing and down to its last at-bat, with the winning run either batting or on base.

Montgomery’s situation qualified, because the Indians had a man on first, and a home run by Martinez would have flipped the outcome. According to SABR, Montgomery was the eighth pitcher to throw a Golden Pitch: The others were Christy Mathewson (1912), Pete Alexander (1926), Ralph Terry (1962), Rollie Fingers (1972), Jose Mesa (1997), Mariano Rivera (2001) and Madison Bumgarner (2014).

   6. Zonk, your King of All that Is Real Posted: July 22, 2019 at 03:47 PM (#5863950)
Monty's spot in Cubs history is obviously secure....

But whenever I rewatch that last pitch - and I do so often - I always cannot help but remembering that split second where KB slips and loses his footing.... and that momentary instant of panic.

I remember we were chattering here - and it happened so fast that the fingers couldn't even get to the keyboard quick enough - but that fraction of second.... boy, I still remember that fraction of second.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 22, 2019 at 04:32 PM (#5863964)
Unless Marty McFly goes back to the past and prevents Mike Montgomery's parents from ever meeting.
   8. Scott Lange Posted: July 22, 2019 at 05:20 PM (#5863987)
But whenever I rewatch that last pitch - and I do so often - I always cannot help but remembering that split second where KB slips and loses his footing.... and that momentary instant of panic.

I remember we were chattering here - and it happened so fast that the fingers couldn't even get to the keyboard quick enough - but that fraction of second.... boy, I still remember that fraction of second.


I didn't react to the out at all. For some reason, my brain saw it as a bang-bang play at first, even though replays show it wasn't particularly close at all. So, thinking it might be overturned, I just stood there in my living room thinking "let's see the replay... let's see the replay... let's see the replay..." until eventually after about 60 seconds it dawned on me that it just wasn't going to happen.
   9. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 22, 2019 at 10:22 PM (#5864052)
Yeah, it wasn't until Buck made the call that I was like, "Oh my god, it actually happened."
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 22, 2019 at 11:07 PM (#5864060)
It must be a reference to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, whose contributions were largely forgotten after he left the band,


Wait, what?

Isn't Brian the brother, who you know, actually had all the talent? Wrote all the early songs and was the genius behind the Pet Sounds album?

Are we easily forgetting THAT Brian Wilson?
   11. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 22, 2019 at 11:09 PM (#5864062)
Post #10:
The thing your quoting was being sarcastic. No one can figure out what QLE meant by his Brian Wilson reference atop this thread and Preserved Fish went for the absurd/sarcastic response.
   12. Brian C Posted: July 22, 2019 at 11:50 PM (#5864075)
LOL whenever someone quotes the first part of a sentence to rail against it while ignoring the second part that makes the rant moot.

Anyhoo, I don't remember feeling any question that the throw beat Martinez at first for the last out. But I also don't remember my immediate reaction at the moment they won. And despite being active in the Omnichatter thread that whole night, I didn't make a post once they won. Pretty sure I put the laptop away during the bottom half of the inning because I felt I needed to focus all my energy on just watching the game.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: July 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM (#5864077)
Mets just had a 50th anniversary of their first WS title - same for Cubs fans not quite 100 years old.

guy who got the last out, as it happens, was a complete game from eventual 222-game winner Jerry Koosman.

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