The Rays rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to send a tied game into extra innings. With two runners on and nobody out, Brett Phillips launched the fireworks:
With a 3-1 count, Phillips saw a pitch he could not say no to, sending it 409 feet onto the outfield concourse.
Brian Anderson even said it, “you’re looking for that one pitch in that sweet spot,” and Phillips did just that.
The most underrated part of last night's walk-off? Brian Anderson calling it right before it happened. pic.twitter.com/0LOft8AYJ1— DRaysBay (@draysbay) September 18, 2021
Phillips had every right to admire that one, taking five steps before launching his bat.
Of course, it’s Brett Phillips at the end of the day, so what comes after the bat toss? The airplane!
Maverick flew that airplane all around the diamond.
Once he finally reached Rodney Linares, he gave him a big high five, faked the helmet toss, and jumped into the celebration with the team that he just carried for a win.
Look at the height he gets jumping on to home plate!
And from there, everyone piles around the hero celebrate.
The hometown hero wasted no time in running to the netting to celebrate with his childhood team’s ecstatic fanbase.
Of course, you still have to give out high-fives after winning the game.
And when you walk it off, you know for a fact that nothing will feel better than the mid-interview Gatorade shower.
Brett Phillips put on a show for his city to secure the Rays’ 92nd win on the season.
Baseball really is fun.