Raul Makes History!
October 10, 2012 — Wow, I never saw that one coming!
Raul Ibanez tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the ninth, and he won it in the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the 12th.
If any player hit a game-tying and game winning home run in a postseason game, it would go down as one of the great single-game feats in baseball history. But for a guy, who didn’t even start the game, who’s 40 years old, who batted .240 and who struggled down the stretch to bring his team back from the jaws of defeat and to then win the game — is amazing.
Raul Ibanez has carved his name into the lore of the New York Yankees. He will always be remembered by Yankees fans for tonights moments. He’s the only Yankees player to collect a game-tying and game-winning hit in a postseason game, and one of only two players to do it period.
As I wrote in my previous blog entry, he’s a character guy, and he got it done tonight.
–Alfred Santasiere III