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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 11:30 AM
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The "Super" Walk-off Grand Slam (there was one last night):
According to the Baseball Almanac, a Super Walk-off Grand Slam is when a player on the home team hits a bases loaded home run when trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. It's not as common as you think, and surprisingly, accomplished by many players you'd never suspect. Travis Hafner of Cleveland might be an exception -- he did it against the Blue Jays last night, July 7th, 2011.

"Hafner said he got a tip from teammate Michael Brantley, who struck out against (Blue Jays Reliever Luis) Perez. Brantley told Hafner that Perez's fastball had some sink to it, so Hafner looked for something up in the zone that he could drive. "It's awesome. There's nothing like it," Hafner said of his walk-off slam. "It's the most fun you can have on the baseball field. It's great."

Link: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_07_07...

American League Super Walk-off Grand Slams:

Babe Ruth, 09-24-1925 / New York Yankees
Eddie Joost, 07-15-1952 / Philadelphia Athletics
Ron Lolich 04-22-1973 / Cleveland Indians
Buddy Bell, 08-31-1984 / Texas Rangers
Phil Bradley, 04-13-1985 / Seattle Mariners
Dick Schofield, 08-29-1986 / California Angels
Alan Trammell, 06-21-1988 / Detroit Tigers
Chris Hoiles, 05-17-1996 / Baltimore Orioles
Jason Giambi, 05-17-2002 / New York Yankees
Travis Hafner, 07-07-2011 / Cleveland Indians

National League Super Walk-off Grand Slams:

Roger Connor, 09-09-1881 / Troy Trojans
Sammy Byrd, 05-23-1936 / Cincinnati Reds
Jack Phillips, 07-08-1950 / Pittsburgh Pirates
Bobby Thomson, 06-16-1952 / New York Giants
Del Crandall, 09-11-1955 / Milwaukee Braves
Danny Kravitz, 05-11-1956 / Pittsburgh Pirates
Roberto Clemente, 07-25-1956 / Pittsburgh Pirates
Ellis Burton, 08-31-1963 / Chicago Cubs
Tony Taylor, 08-02-1970 / Philadelphia Phillies
Carl Taylor, 08-11-1970 / St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Freed, 05-01-1979 / St. Louis Cardinals
Bo Diaz, 04-13-1983 / Philadelphia Phillies
Brian Giles, 07-28-2001 / Pittsburgh Pirates
Adam Dunn, 06-30-2006 / Cincinnati Reds
Brooks Conrad, 05-20-2010 / Atlanta Braves

Source: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/walk_off_grand_sl...
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 11:31 AM
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1. Did you just wake up?
I was assuming you were going to post about it last night!
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 11:54 AM
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2. I was on the road last night
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 12:02 PM
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3. A-ha!
I like to see Tornoto lose...it's good when anyone else in america's Team's division loses.
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 12:11 PM
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4. He 'looked for something up in the zone that he could drive'
Isn't that what 95% of hitters look for? How did the tip help him?
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:28 PM
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7. Maybe if you knew the fastball had some sink to it
you'd be inclined to think the pitch wasn't just another high fastball.
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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 12:44 PM
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5. I kind of pulled it off myself
Edited on Fri Jul-08-11 12:46 PM by JonLP24
On MLB 11:"The Show", however I was the road team so I had to pitch in the bottom half.

It was on the road against Florida and I hit the grand slam with Bryce Harper. I was down by 3 with two outs before I started a rally and got 3 men on base. It shocked the hell out of myself when I pulled it off. I was the Rockies. If you're wondering about Bryce Harper I'll explain. The rosters Sony puts out doesn't have Bryce Harper anywhere so I went to download a custom made roster someone created. He is a RF on that game and since Washington already has a RF in Jason Werth they'll trade Harper for a bag of balls. They wanted a LF so I traded a minor league LF for Bryce Harper AND Tyler Clippard. I know it would never happen in real life but it didn't stop me. :)
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NoGOPZone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:10 PM
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6. Interesting, it's rare but happened twice in ten days by two players with the same last name nt
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:30 PM
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8. I noticed that too
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 06:02 PM
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9. I was at the game for one of these: Ellis Burton in 1963
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 06:12 PM by abq e streeter
Plus it was a crucial battle with the Houston Colt 45's for sole possession of 9th place in the National League (OK, just made up the last part, but probably not far from the truth)
I'd noticed Hafner doing that the other day and thought about being at Wrigley with my friend and my mom that day in 1963. It really was a pretty exciting thing to see.
Somehow, I actually still remember some details of that 9th inning, including that the Cubs were down by 4; got one run in, and then had no one on base with two outs when Don Landrum (pretty sure I'm remembering that correctly) beat out a bunt. Also, my aging memory tells me that the homer was on a 3-2 pitch.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:23 PM
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10. Interesting which team has done it FOUR times and TWICE in one season!
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