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in camera talk Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:24 am
by Cl11234566 • 345 Posts

When I left work Thursday night, the New York Yankees were two outs away from a 5-2 victory over Baltimore in what would be Derek Jeters final home game of his Hall of Fame career. At that point, he had two RBIs and a run scored, but that wasnt dramatic enough for the baseball gods. Adam Jones cracked a two-run homer off of Yankees soon-to-be free agent closer David Robertson and then Steve Pearc,e briefly a Yankees teammate of Jeters, slugged a game-tying solo shot. After driving home in silence as I often do after a long day to wind down, curiosity got the best of me and I turned on the radio and started twirling the dial to see if I could pull in the Yankees broadcast. After a few seconds, I found it and was shocked to hear the Os had tied the score. In fact, by this time, Brett Gardner was laying down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the go-ahead run to second with one out. That brought Jeter to the plate. Whether you love the Yankees or you hate the Yankees, you had to be pulling for Derek Jeter in that moment. Then it happened. He sliced the first pitch from reliever Evan Meek to right for the game-winning RBI single. I almost had to pull off the road to drink in the moment, wishing I was one of the 48,613 on hand at Yankee Stadium. Half of me hoped Jeter would skip the trip to Boston and end his career right there, but thats not the Jeter way and he will serve as the Yankees DH in the three-game series at Fenway this weekend. Jeters heroics made me think back to the great Ted Williamss final game at Fenway Park on September 28, 1960. The Splendid Spinter had had a terrible season by his standards in 1959 and had been implored by the Red Sox management to retire. He stubbornly refused and came back at age 42 to hit .316 with 29 home runs, vaulting him over 500 for his career.In his final game at Fenway, the Red Sox were playing a Baltimore Orioles team that had pummelled them 17-4 the day before. There were different accounts of how many fans actually witnessed that game. Many sources claim 14,175, but author John Updike who was at the game, and wrote the classic piece for New Yorker Magazine, Hub fans bid Kid Adieu claims there were only 10,454 on hand. In any event, Williams gave them what they came for. In the eighth inning, he smashed a solo homer off off Jack Fisher into the Red Sox bullpen that cut Baltimores lead to 4-3. Williams chugged around the bases never looking up and never acknowledging the fans. Williams had had a tumultuous relationship with the fans, who quite often booed him earlier in his career and once vowed never again to tip his cap to them. He came out to play left in the top of the ninth, but was immediately lifted so the fans could cheer him one more time. It hardly mattered after the home run, but Boston did come back to win in the bottom of the 9th, 5-4, thanks to a botched double-play grounder, where the relay throw was fired into the BoSox dugout. That was the final game of Ted Williamss career as he opted not to go to New York for the final three games against the AL pennant-winning Yankees. The National League legend who stood along side Williams in the glory years of the 40s and 50s was Cardinals great Stan the Man Musial. He played his final game, also at age 42, on September 29, 1963. It was the final game of the Cards regular season at home at old Busch Stadium. There were 27,576 in the park that day. Musial had a single in his first at-bat, but the game quickly settled into a pitchers duel between the Cincinnati Reds Jim Maloney and the Redbirds Bob Gibson. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, in a scoreless tie, Musial strode to the plate and delivered a go-ahead RBI single. After a prolonged standing ovation, manager Johnny Keane lifted Musial for a pinch runner. Ironically, the second baseman who made a futile dive to knock down Musials final hit was all-time hits leader Peter Rose, who was in his rookie campaign. The game didnt finish at 1-0. In fact, it went 14 innings before the Cardinals finally prevailed 3-2. Gibson went nine innings and struck out 11, but, of course, didnt get the decision. There was a Canadian connection to this game, as well. Dr. Ron Taylor, the Toronto native, who later was one of the Blue Jays physicians, was in his first full season with the Cards and took over from Gibson and pitched two scoreless innings. Three legends who played their entire careers with one franchise - three of the greatest organizations in baseball. Jeter may not rank with the likes of Williams and Musial, but considering he delivered a walk-off single for the victory and it was in New York, in front of the largest crowd and a huge TV audience, it may turn out to be the most memorable final game of the three. At the very least, it will give a new generation a Williams or a Musial moment of their own to talk about for years to come. - The Cleveland Indians pitching staff has an mpressive record within its grasp this weekend over its final three games at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. They are within nine strikeouts of the all-time record set only last year by the Detroit Tigers with 1419. Some would argue Clevelands pitchers had to be that good since the Indians lead the Majors in errors at last count with 113. - Just in case they should meet in the postseason, keep in mind that the Los Angeles Angels took the season series from the Oakland As, 10-9 by winning seven of their last nine meetings. - And a belated happy birthday to one of the Jays all-time fan favourites, John McDonald, who turned 40 on Wednesday and is going to be playoffs again with the Angels after getting his first World Series ring last season with his hometown team, the Red Sox. Fausse Air Max 97 Off White . The league-leading New York Rangers outhit and outmuscled the Maple Leafs during a 3-0 victory on Saturday. Backup goalie Martin Biron stopped all 20 shots he faced to complete a nice workmanlike effort by the visitors. 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Air Max 270 Homme Pas Cher Acheter .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to complete a sweep of the Washington Capitals when the clubs cap a quick home-and-home series Tuesday night in the Steel City.After busting their slump versus the Flyers, the Canucks look continue their winning ways versus another Eastern Conference bottom feeder as they visit Eric Staal and the Hurricanes Friday night. You can listen to the game starting at 4pm pt on TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver. Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia, while brother Daniel assisted on power-play goals from Henrik and Radim Vrbata. Vancouver went 2 for 3 with the man advantage after going 0 for 10 over its previous four. We needed to get back in the win column, said Jannik Hansen, who also scored. If you lose one or two in a row, thats not good. Three, thats starting trouble. We needed to get back on the winning track to keep up with the other teams. Ryan Miller, who beat Carolina in the first meeting, made 29 saves against the Flyers, meaning Eddie Lack could get the nod in this contest. Lack is 3-6-2 with a 2.80 goals-against average in eight starts, the most recent a 5-1 loss to Nashville on Tuesday. Cam Ward could be in net for Carolina after Anton Khudobin made 28 saves against Colorado. Ward stopped 21 shots in the first meeting with the Canucks. The Hurricanes (14-24-5) sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and finished last year with three consecutive losses, but they improved to 4-1-1 this month with a 3-2 shootout win over Colorado on Tuesday. Staal has played in the last eight contests after recovering from a broken leg suffered in the preseason, and he scored his first goal of the season in the first period. It was important for Jordan to get that first (goal), but hes had good looks every night, coach Bill Peters said. His line was doominant early.dddddddddddd Staal, who also has three assists since making his season debut, was happy to get the monkey off his back as well. Its nice to get the goose egg out of the way. Its been happening for a few games. Ive had some good chances, he said. Were just starting to get a little more comfortable with the way were playing. There were a lot of good chances to score goals, and hopefully if we keep playing like that, we can get on a roll. Carolinas recent success is due in part to its stellar penalty kill, which hasnt allowed a goal in a franchise-record 11 straight games. Opponents have gone 0 for 28 with the man advantage in that stretch. The Hurricanes have allowed just 15 power-play goals all season - the second-fewest in the league behind Chicago (13). Real good consistency there, Peters said. Those guys have taken a lot of pride in it. (Assistant coach Steve Smith) has done a good job preparing them and making adjustments as needed. ... Theyve been outstanding for us. The Hurricanes couldnt get much going in the first meeting with Vancouver, which got two goals from Brad Richardson in a 4-1 victory Oct. 28. Goals had been hard to come by lately for the Canucks (24-15-3), who were outscored 9-2 during a three-game skid before breaking out Thursday for a 4-0 win over Philadelphia in the second stop on a five-game trip. Game Notes: VAN is 1-0-0 vs CAR this season, winning at home VAN has won 3 straight vs CAR Carolina: 4-1-1 past 6 games, 13GA, 12/12 on PK Murphy (4A) 3 game PT streak Vancouver: 1-3-0 past 4 games, 6GF, 2/11 on PP (won last) D Sedin (3A) last 3 road games ' ' '

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