I’m once again reminded of the great quote from the movie MoneyBall – “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” I just finished watching a fantastic game 5 between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona valiantly came back in the top of the 9th to tie the game against Milwaukee’s closer. Then, the Brewers came away with a walk-off single scoring the winning run from 2nd in the bottom of the 10th. And, as fun and exciting as that all was to watch, I mainly enjoyed watching one particular replay. One you might not expect.
The shot is from the third base side of the field, and you can see the whole play unfold. And, the best part . . . the Brewers’ third base coach, Ed Sedar. He’s waving his arm through the air to send the runner from second on toward home, and almost immediately as the runner passes by, he begins jumping up and down with his hands in the air. It’s as though he knew before anyone else did that there was no chance Arizona’s outfielder was going to be able to throw out his baserunner. And, they didn’t.
It reminded me of the “shot heard around the world” when Bill Mazeroski hit the home run that won the world series for the 1960 New York Giants. If you go back and watch the tape, I think the most excited guy in the whole stadium is the Giants’ third base coach! He’s jumping around, and throws his hat . . . it gives me chills nearly every time.
This was a similar night. For a team that hadn’t won a playoff series in nearly 30 years. A team that is in the smallest market in all of baseball. What an incredible victory . . . and Ed Sedar saw it coming before anyone else. “How can you not be romantic about baseball?”