With Junior Lake on 2nd and the Cubs down by two with two out in the bottom of the 9th, Donnie Murphy stepped up to the plate and served up some traditional Irish Breakfast.
With a big banger on the side.
He hit Stephen Strasburg's 112th pitch into the bleachers and tied the game.
I know... you usually think of bangers as a British thing, but not so fast.
Yeah, I know the Cubs eventually lost, but Murphy's story has been impossibly cool since coming to the Cubs just 16 games ago.
He's hit 8 bangers in that time.
Here are his numbers from ESPN (Murphy still appears with a Marlins hat on the site).
He's living in the best baseball dream he's ever had in his life.
I mean, he's got stories to tell for the rest of his life based on just these 16 games.
And this one, the classic bottom of the 9th story against one of the elite pitchers in the game is just fantastic.
Name sounds like a scrappy Irish Olympic middleweight, doesn't it?
People are noticing.
I don't believe it long term at all, but hell man you never know.
Do you think Darwin Barney is here long term?
His OPS is moving the wrong way and while he's a brilliant fielder you gotta have someone who can hit there.
There are a ton of scenarios for what can happen with this Cubs infield in the next couple years.
Who knows, maybe we'll be seeing more bangers served up at Wrigley...
You've had an Irish Breakfast, right?
There's a greasy spoon near me called Lucky's on Milwuakee that has one, and if I'm feeling inspired on a Sunday morning there is nothing better.
The black pudding is... it takes getting used to.
It's blood sausage so you know, pretty weird.
Dose it heavily with some HP sauce and you're good to go.
You notice I didn't say anything about the rest of the game?
That's because the Cubs lost 4-5 in 13, but whatever - the Banger is more fun to talk about.
Cubs in San Diego tonight, so I plan on an inning or two and see if there's a nice surprise in the paper Saturday morning.