Mayberry Magic

5 Jun

As John Mayberry, Jr. made his way up the ranks in baseball he was often compared to his father, ‘Big’ John Mayberry Sr.,  A comparison that did not always serve the son well.  After all, Sr. hit 255 home runs in his 18 year career while Jr. has only hit a paltry 39 in comparison.  But the son hit two shots last night that may well have been bigger than any ever hit by his namesake.

And what makes last night’s feat even more fantastic is that Mayberry spent mot of the game riding the bench.  He didn’t get into the action until the seventh inning when he pinch-hit for Delmon Young and then stayed in the game as a defensive replacement.

But that was time enough for John Mayberry, Jr. to make some baseball history.  How did he do that?  Well, in the top of the tenth the Phillies less than reliable bullpen coughed up the go-ahead run to the Miami Marlins on a wild pitch by Antonio Bastardo.  In yet another game where runs were at a premium, things did not look good.

But batting first in the bottom of the tenth, Mayberry quickly took care of that deficit with a game-tying shot to left giving the Phils and their fans new life.

And speaking of the Phillies faithful, they played a role of their own in last night’s walk-off win.  But they didn’t need bats–just  boos.

After the Phillies had come-from-behind in the seventh to tie the score at two, Ben Revere reached base on an error to start the eighth, but Michael Young grounded a ball to third.  Revere slid headfirst into second and he appeared to break up the double play as Young was safe at first.

But not so fast.

Second base umpire Bob Davidson, no stranger to controversy with the Phillies called both men out, claiming Revere had interfered with the play by intentionally wrapping his arms around the legs of the Marlins second baseman.

Replay didn’t see it that way and neither did the fans.  In fact, my sister, brother-in-law and niece (avid fans like we are) were at the game. And when I texted my sister that the replay indicated it was a terrible call, she texted back:

Yeah–bogus.  Did they say anything about fan reaction?  I have never seen anything like it.  BOOOOOed  for a full inning straight! 

Yes they did say something about it and the fans did boo and continued boo-ing Davidson at every opportunity straight through the next two innings.

After the game both John Mayberry and Revere said the fans brought them up a notch.

It definitely brought energy to the stadium,” John Mayberry Jr. said.

“Electric,” Ben Revere said.

And if he thought that was electric, I hope he enjoyed the bottom of the 11th when with the bases loaded and the game still tied at 3, who stepped to the plate but John Mayberry, Jr.?  (You just can’t write this stuff.)

“I was trying to be aggressive in a certain zone. I was able to put a good swing on it.”

And swing he did lofting a grand slam into the left field bleachers giving the Phillies a much-needed  7-3 walk-off win and becoming the first player in baseball history to hit two extra-inning home runs in one game with the second home run a walk-off grand slam. 

Oh yeah, he did something else, too.  He turned those boos into cheers.

My next text from the ballpark:

“That’s why we never leave early.”

You said it, sister!

I sure hope his Dad was watching.


7 Responses to “Mayberry Magic”

  1. Ray June 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Thank goodness for Mayberry!!!! I close my eyes EVERY time Bastardo gets the ball. Seems to be every time we give him the ball, he gives away runs (and yet, we still put him in………..)

  2. Ron Cori June 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    4 in a row! And did you know that Mayberry’s feat was the first time IN Baseball history that a player hit 2 hrs in consecutive extra innings with the second being a walk off grand salami? Cool.

    • girlsbestphriend June 6, 2013 at 12:29 am #

      And finally at .500. And YES I knew that. Didn’t you see it in the blog today??? 🙂

      • Ron Cori June 6, 2013 at 1:14 am #

        Oops…missed it….so much for my skimming…

      • girlsbestphriend June 6, 2013 at 1:24 am #

        Just teasin’ you, Ron! Are you kidding? You’re one of my best readers!! Still can’t quite figure out this team, though. They did win today but shouldn’t they have killed this pitcher way earlier than they did? Oh well, a win is a win is a win, Right? If only those darn Braves would lose.

      • Ron Cori June 6, 2013 at 1:39 am #

        I said this team will go as far as Hamels and Howard. Hopefully #1 is straightened out. Nats are struggling…the season may come down to the Braves and Phils head to head…

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