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Oof! Team Storms the Field to Celebrate a Championship They Didn’t Actually Win, Before Losing in 17 Innings

Funny and Happy, Wild and Crazy

Wow. Well, this one is unbelievable.

Last night, the Wichita Wingnuts of the independent American Association baseball league, stormed the field in the top of the ninth inning after their closer, Ryan Kussmaul, recorded what looked like the final out of the championship game with a 3-2 lead.


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Unfortunately, what the players failed to realize before their excessive (but understandable) celebration, was that the home plate umpire had actually called a balk on the pitcher before the groundout to third, so the game was NOT over.

Here’s a look:

And if that wasn’t bad/embarrassing enough, once the at-bat continued, the Winnipeg Goldeyes batter, Casey Turgeon, lined a game-tying double into left-center, scoring the runner from third and forcing the game into extra innings.


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Here’s a look at the deflating (well, for the Wingnuts, that is) moment:

Yeesh.

But the story doesn’t end there. Indeed, the game went into a grueling eight extra-innings, before finally coming to an end in the 17th, when the Goldeyes won on a walk-off win, forcing a Game 5 (the final game) tonight.


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So, yes, the Wingnuts not only stormed the field to celebrate a championship they didn’t win, but they also were forced to play another eight innings and ultimately lost.

Now that’s about as bad as a Monday gets.


h/t Mike Axisa CBS Sports


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.