With baseball action still a couple months away (and regular season baseball three months away), I start thinking about the things that I love about the sport. The things I miss right now.
And this popped into my head:
I miss walk-offs.
Hurry back, baseball. pic.twitter.com/7s55QpYQZg
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) December 29, 2017
I wouldn’t say walk-offs are definitely the single best thing about baseball, but they’re sure up there. And the ones where the home team is on the verge of losing, only to turn it around with one swing? It warms the cockles of my heart just thinking about it.
That one pictured there came all the way back in April, as the Cubs were down 4-2 to the Brewers heading into the 8th inning, where they scored once to cut the lead to a single run. Then, in the 9th, the Cubs worked then closer Neftali Feliz to tie things up, and put on a couple more runners. Russell did the rest with a two-out, walk-off blast:
Nobody quite has a swing like Russell, eh? It’s so compact and quick through the zone – like it’s all wrists. It’s not, but that’s just how it looks when he really rips one.
The crowd at the ballpark, which had stuck around through the cold and the early deficit, really enjoyed this one:
Live video from that walk off pic.twitter.com/T5IjdMHBA1
— Levi Draughan (@LDraughan20) December 29, 2017
All right. Good times. Come back, baseball.