Astros win 18-inning marathon, reach NLCS
Burke’s home run makes Clemens a winner, eliminates
In what some are hailing as possibly the greatest game ever played, the ASTROS again FIND A WAY!
Do pictures tell the story? Not a chance!
Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros gave a whole new meaning to the word “longevity.”
The 43-year-old Rocket came out of the bullpen to rescue the
Astros and Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning, lifting Houston over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Sunday and into the NL championship series, BABY!!!
Braves took a five-run lead into the eighth, and were poised to send this first-round series back to Atlanta for a decisive Game 5 Monday night. Instead, Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in the eighth and Brad Ausmus tied Game 4 with a two-out homer in the ninth barely beyond Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones‘ outstretched glove. After that, it took a while for the paint to dry….about 3 hours, or if you’d like, ANOTHER ENTIRE GAME!
Then came the 18th inning. Clemens, who had pitched just days earlier, had volunteered because, well, Manager Phil Garner HAD NO OTHER OPTIONS! There was no position player available to hit and no pitcher to throw. Everyone had ben used…except Rocket! After leading off the 18th by striking out, Rocket headed back down the tunnel as he does whenever he pitches. Chris Burke was up to bat. As I discussed with my dad, someone was going to have to get lucky and just punch one out. Dad said that at least Burke can hit it out.
Two pitches later – GONE!!!!!!!
It was one of the most exciting moments for me as a sports fan. It was simply euphoric. Something good not only happened – it happened to us! And then the question posed itself…

Posted on October 10, 2005, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. digitalbrownshirt

    Now that my Padres have been embarrassed out of the playoffs, I’ll be rooting for the Astros. Good luck.

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