Do you remember where you were the night that Kobe dropped 81 points on the Raptors?
How about the night Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron for the Home Run crown?
Were you alive when Billy Buckner booted the ground ball in game 6 of the ’86 World Series?
Like all sports teams, the Admirals are capable of giving their fans truly memorable moments – some are awesome, some are amazing and some are so damn painful that they stick with you forever.
Admirals players and fans will never forget Wednesday, July 13, 2017. The night the Admirals blew an 11-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th, losing to Dead Last 14-11 on a walk-off grand slam.
YES. You read that correct Jeremy (I know you are reading this and getting a chubby in the process).
Let’s look at the numbers:
Dead Last (Innings 1-5): 2 runs on 6 hits
Dead Last (Inning 6): 12 runs on 11 hits
The game seemed to be a sure-fire win for the Admirals. Much like their previous game in the evening, the first four Admirals batters of the game all came around to score. Three of those runs courtesy of a 3 run HR by Dave Carter. Calling something that DC hits a HR is actually disrespectful to DC. This ball was a mammoth monster, bomb that traveled about the same distance as a North Korean rocket.
Again, the Admirals failed to manufacture runs on a consistent basis, scoring 2 in the second, 2 in the fifth and 3 in the sixth. The stress level was very low heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Admirals may not have been hitting, but the defense was solid and the pitching was spectacular – highlighted by Mike “Sometimes I’m Awesome, 7th Inning I’ll be God-Awful” Labrecque striking out a “5 foot” batter with three straight pitches that had a ”4 foot” arc.
Here is the ugly, unbelievable roll-call of Dead Last at-bats in the 7th inning: single, triple, single, double, triple, double, double, single, sac fly (the only out), single, walk, single, walk, grand slam
Congrats to Dead Last – that was an impressive hitting display, and a well earned win.
Many laughs were had in the parking lot after the game, mainly at the expense of Mike “Poutine” Labrecque (because that was the worst inning of pitching ever. EVER) and at the expense of Doug “The Pete Rose of Slo-Pitch” Short (because people always make fun of the good looking handsome guy).
Some teams bond over close victories, some teams bond over close losses – the Admirals continue to bond over tall-boys of Busch Light and their universally shared love of Niagara Falls nightlife.
Dead Last bats in the bottom of the final inning, with 11 hits, 3 2B, 3B, HR for 12 runs.