On this day in 2012, the Rays secured an Opening Day walkoff win against the New York Yankees and the great Mariano Rivera.
Things got off to a great start, with the Rays career leader in smile percentage making a triumphant return to Tampa Bay by walloping a grand slam in the first against CC Sabathia.
Unfortunately, James Shields stumbled and gave it all back, and the Rays entered the bottom of the ninth down a run.
With Mo Rivera on to lock it down, Desmond Jennings led off with a single through the middle. Then a triple by Ben Zobrist chased him home to tie the game.
Two intentional walks and a strikeout later, and Carlos Pena finished it off with one of the longest singles you’ll ever see, sending everybody not in pinstripes home happy.
Pena would only hit .197/.330/.354 that season. But for a day, all was right with the world.
In the News
- Marc Topkin chimes in on the Rays social distance policy.
- Austin Meadows is sporting a new ‘do.
- Juan Toribio catches us up on what else Meadows has been up to.
- Brandon Lowe gets some BP reps at home.
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- Ken Rosenthal at the Athletic writes on the possibilities of and obstacles to games in empty stadiums.
- Also from Rosenthal, an update on Matt Moore’s stint in Japan.
- Chris Landers tells us why we eat certain foods at the ballpark.
- Eric Chesterton writes about the strange tale of Ray Caldwell, who was struck by lightning while pitching — and somehow stayed in the game.
Stay safe, everybody!