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Holy Crap, Raul Ibanez Hit Another Dramatic Game-Tying Homer

Nice little run for Raul Ibanez. He hits the game-tying and game-winning homers in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles, singled in the Yankees’ first run in Game 5… and then, in Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night, hit another game-tying ninth inning home run, this time off Tigers reliever Jose Valverde. It capped a stunning comeback by the Yankees, who trailed 4-0 entering the ninth. Here’s Ibanez’s blast:

He’s hit balls better in his life, but he got that one well enough – and the way things are going for him lately, if he gets his bat on the ball at all, something good’s going to happen for him. As I watched it happen in real time, this was all I could think. It still is. What’s gotten into this guy? (Note: he also came up in the bottom of the 11th, but popped out. Never mind: this guy sucks! [Nah, not really.])

UPDATE: Turns out the Yanks really would have needed Ibanez to come through in the 11th, becuse they wound up losing 6-4 in 12. Still an incredible moment for Ibanez in the ninth, though.

  • Anonymous

    The ONLY reason I am pulling for the Yankees is Ibanez and Ichiro (being a Seattle fan). Ichiro deserves more than anyone to win a title.

  • Anonymous

    Right there with you. I’m a big Ichiro fan (and a former Mariners fan. I never fully recovered after they blew it in the 2001 playoffs. Broke my heart.).

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevhurls Kevin Hurley

    “Holy crap” is properly known as “religious defecation.”

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