A friend called me about 3pm yesterday to say he had a spare ticket to the game last night. Luckily I took it! I watched maybe the best game I have seen ever at Nats Park.
The big one was RZimm’s walk-off homer. But Spann made an incredible catch on a tailing line-drive in right center. When I saw it live i was impressed, but when I watched the replay several times it dawned on me (and I’ve been playing outfield for many years) how difficult a catch I had witnessed. He had to catch it back-handed as it tailed towards him. If he had dived for it he would have missed it.
And then we got to see Wilmer Difo’s first ever big-league at bat—a sharp single. he had just been called up from AA (not AAA!). What impressed me more than the hit though, was how nervous he made the Yankees once they saw him dancing way off first-base:)
And then the Nats bull-pen out-pitched the Yankees pen (a VERY good one). Closer Miller had not surrendered a run all year!
And then I learned RZimm has 10–count em—walk-off homers. That has him in rare company (Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Jim Thome). and Zimm is only 30.
Note: I left out the following: Drew Storen striking out A-Rod in a key 9th inning situation was lovely. And then later learning that since August of 2013 Storen has the third best stats of any reliever in baseball!