I personally have never seen a walk-off win of any kind in person. I have to imagine it's pretty thrilling. Late-inning heroics, teammates chasing down another so they can do their best to give their buddy a concussion after notching another victory by slamming him on the helmet.
There's a reason players crouch down in the fetal position when they reach home plate after a home run or run away from teammates after the clutch two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth.
Along with the players, the fans in the stands have their own celebration as well.
But what if they didn't?
Tonight opens a three game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Florida Marlins. Originally, this series was meant to be played in Florida, but due to a scheduling conflict with the band U2, the series has been relocated to Safeco Field in Seattle.
This change of scenery will bring about a weird aura around the ballpark because Seattle fans will be watching their team play as the away team, wearing away uniforms and batting first, therefore not having the chance for a walk-off victory.
But Florida will, and that brings me to my question.
How weird would it be to see a walk-off victory in your own ballpark by the other team?
I'm not a historian, so I can't tell you if this has ever happened. I'm inclined to say no, but if someone wants to do the research on that one, be my guest.
I do remember that in 2004 the Marlins played host to the then-Montreal Expos for two games in Chicago at the White Sox's ballpark due to a hurricane threat, but that was neither team's home field.
As a Mariners fan, I do not want to see this happen. As a baseball fan and a fan of seeing odd quirks, I do.
Imagine a tie game in the bottom of the ninth and Hanley Ramirez steps up and lines a shot back up the middle, allowing Logan Morrison to score the winning run from third—leaving a team celebrating on the field but fans in silence and agony.
How would you feel?
How do the Marlins feel about being called the home team in another city?
“At least it’s Seattle. How many times do we go there and play against them? I heard they have an unbelievable stadium," said Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez in an article from the Miami Herald.
From that same article, Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello commented, “One of the quirky things in this will be that the attendance will count as our home attendance, but the stats will be counted as road stats."
Just another reason why this series makes no sense.
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