This was the rain delay game where the Rangers scored four runs in the top of the ninth off Aroldis Chapman to come from behind that beat the Yankees. And the rain. And the umpire’s decision-making skills.
MISERY RAINS DOWN ON THE YANKEES.
Originally published June 28, 2016.
You were not dreaming.
The Rangers put a runner on first in the top of the ninth.
Then the tarp came out.
Three-and-a-half hours later, they moved him to second.
You could have read War And Peace, painted your house, rebuilt your transmission, watched Prince Fielder run from first to third, or played an entirely different game in the time it took to resume play.
When the tarp came off, one of the most satisfying half innings of Rangers baseball ensued.
Ian Desmond got hit by a pitch.
Nomar Mazara got hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Beltre singled in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Prince got hit by a pitch, which is understandable because, frankly, he is large. It’s hard not to hit him with a pitch.
Then, with bases loaded again, Elvis drove in the two nail-in-the-coffin runs.
And finally, at 2:46 am local time, the Rangers won 9-6 for their fiftieth win of the season.
The Yankees announcers called it a crushing defeat.
I backed up the feed and listened to them say that thirty-seven times in a row. It never stopped being satisfying.