If you were able to stay awake into the wee hours of the morning, you were rewarded with a thrilling back and forth, winner take all playoff between the San Diego Padres at the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies found themselves down 8-6 going into the bottom of the 13th inning. They scored 3 runs to win the Wild Card berth in the National League.
With the score tied 8-8 and Matt Holliday on third base, Todd Helton was intentionally walked. With no outs and Trevor Hoffman on the mound, Jamey Carroll hit a shallow fly ball to right fielder Brian Giles. Giles made a one hop throw to Catcher Michael Barrett who could not hold on to the ball while completely blocking the plate from a head-first sliding Holliday. As Holliday lay injured from the collision and/or bouncing his face on the ground as he slid by, Barrett moved in to tag Holliday with the ball as home plate umpire Tim McClelland made the delayed call of "Safe!"
Did Holliday get his hand on the plate?
It sure didn't look like it but safe he was called and safe he is.
What a great finish to the 2007 season.
The Rockies got hot at the right time and charged hard into the playoffs. They are an exciting team that showed no quit and tons of poise.
Sounds like another team we know very well!
Can you imagine a World Series of the Colorado Rockies vs. the Cleveland Indians?