This was the kind of thing you could write a whole kid's book about.
Miggy Montero's bottom of the 8th grand slam in the light of a full moon.
I didn't know that was going to happen (the full moon I mean).
I'm out here in Prescott, AZ.
And in the room we were watching the game on, a full moon rose up in the window.
Turned out to be magical.
Montero's been fighting a bad back all year long.
When I read it had flared up again, I thought they might leave him off the roster for the NLCS.
When he came up to bat... you know anything can happen with this guy.
He missed Joe Blanton's 2nd pitch that was right over the middle of the plate.
I thought "anything" would be a strikeout for sure.
The next pitch, however, went out the park.
Full moon stuff:
He was SO caught off 3rd, which isn't unusual for him - he's nuts on the basepath.
(Later he'd say there was a safety squeeze on)
Instead, he just... goes for it.
In the books, it reads he stole home.
The 2nd time that ever happened in a playoff game by a Chicago Cub (the first was a guy named Jimmy Slagle in the '07 World Series.
ESPN says, "...the first go-ahead grand slam by a pinch hitter in postseason history."
Joe Maddon taking Jon Lester out after only 77 pitches.
That seemed so weird when it happened and Lester was obviously pissed off.
But now... I guess I'm happy he didn't go 8 innings or so just for the sake of his arm.
What a game.
What a way to start off the series, so 2016 Cub-like with SOMEbody picking up the team.
Tonight it's Clayton Kershaw vs Kyle Hendricks.
Sometime Kershaw's lack of rest is gonna catch up, and I hope it's tonight.
And by the way, the moon will be full again.
Here's a full moon tweet from the news in Phoenix this morning:
Yes, it WAS Magical...
Posted by: Dave Moresi | October 16, 2016 at 02:42 PM
I don't even know anymore. I think I was speechless during both Javy's stunt and then Miggy's grand slam. My mouth was open and that's about it. Is this even REAL? The upper deck was shaking when Miggy hit it out.
Posted by: DB | October 16, 2016 at 03:00 PM
I can't stop thinking about it.
Posted by: Tim@Cubby Blue | October 16, 2016 at 03:53 PM
WERE YOU THERE?
In those seats near where I ran into you at the 5-2 Cub W over SF?
Posted by: Tim@Cubby Blue | October 16, 2016 at 03:55 PM
I was! 536!
Posted by: DB | October 16, 2016 at 04:07 PM
Sitting in the hospital waiting room while my husband has hip surgery. I told him it would give me something to do while I waited for the Cubs game to start. :)
Posted by: Donna | October 18, 2016 at 09:54 AM
It must have been crazy.
What a cool grand slam!
Posted by: Tim@Cubby Blue | October 18, 2016 at 01:06 PM
Sounds like a double-waiting room thing to me, Donna.
But.. hip surgery.
Posted by: Tim@Cubby Blue | October 18, 2016 at 01:07 PM
Since when did the whole world turn into Cubs fans? https://soundcloud.com/sports3podcast/chicago-cubs-world-champions
Posted by: soundcloud | October 21, 2016 at 12:39 PM