I just got back from a little 13 inning game at the ballpark formerly known as SkyDome. I took the kids who were enthusiastic angels for all 13 innings and it couldn't have been a more exciting game.
It should have been a quick 3-0 shut-out and a well deserved win for Shaun Marcum. With B.J. Ryan on in the ninth to close it out, the Tampa Bay Rays managed to tie it at 3, in part thanks to an infuriating error at second base by one Joe Inglett. Instead of a tidy 2.25 hour game we got a 4+ hour marathon that ended in 13 on a 2-out walk-off grand slam by Gregg Zaun. This is the first walk-off grand slam I've ever witnessed live and it gave us a 7-4 win. That's right, if Zaun gets out, we lose this sucker.
Hot damn, that was fun. The kids and I were literally jumping for joy as Zauny got mobbed at home plate. It's our seventh win in a row, our highest total in four years. Not even my presence was enough to break this streak.
A big thanks to Stephanie, a regular reader, who sent me the tickets. They were great seats, in the first row of the 200 level right by 3rd base. It was an even better game. The photoset is here.