The game was tied 3-3 at the close of the first inning. Then the Mets broke ahead for a while, then the Dodgers caught up by the 8th inning (7th or 8th, I think). Anyway, by the 9th inning it was tied 6-6. Met up at the top of the 9th and it was pretty much 3 up - 3 down. Dodgers up and in no time, the bases were loaded with 2 outs against the Dodgers. Bradley got up to bat - he's got good overalls and we'd expect him to do well, but all evening he'd been doing really poorly - starting with hitting the ball short and low in the 1st inning so that he AND they guy they had on 1st got out :-P do-do brain!
So, Bradley's up, bottom of the 9th, tied score, 2 outs, bases loaded - and all he has to get is ONE runner home . . . and what does he do???? Pop fly to left field - which, of course is caught! Leaving us tied at the top of the 10th!!! Aaarrghhh - the tension was thick!
The Dodger's pitcher did his job well yet again - 3 up - 3 down. Dodgers take the plate. We get no one on base and 2 outs. Dunno what the coach was thinking, but he put up Navarro - a guy who'd never hit a home run in his major league career - really unimpressive stats - no reason to think we had a hope this side of the kingdom with him at bat. I figured the Dodgers had given up by putting this guy up to bat.
Boy, was I wrong! Two (or three??) swings in, Navarro hits his very first major league home run!!! Bottom of the 10th, and this "nobody" WINS the game!!!!! Wooo Hooo!!! :-) There was MUCH rejoicing :-)
It was a *great* game! It was so intriguing I totally forgot to buy any popcorn - well, intriguing and I was in the middle of the row so never saw the soda or popcorn guy till it was too late :-P
The moral of the story is two-fold: (1) There are more important things than soda & popcorn, and (2) Past successes don't mean you'll never fail and past failures don't mean you'll never succeed.