Twelve years ago tonight, certainly you were watching?
Where were you watching?
Who were you with? Could you believe your eyes?
Did you make a wish? Did you bargain away something? Did you promise to be a better human being if only the miracle you knew COULD happen WOULD happen? Did you pray a little?
The Angels needed a miracle. We were all watching.
The dream season had hit a low dip so close to the promised land.
The Halos were down 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning in the sixth game of the World Series. They were down three games to two and the end of the dream season was starting to look like a nightmare.
But some guys got on base and with one out the opposing manager made a pitching change, but oh, the starter had done such a great job, here, here is the game ball, take it, you are getting the game ball because the game of course is over and you have helped us win the World Series even though this team we are playing has eight outs to work with to overcome this five run deficit, take the game ball, maybe donate it to Cooperstown one day, here ya go...
Yes the glimmer of hope was in the bad mojo that upset the baseball gods. The glimmer of hope was in Scott Spiezio stepping to the plate. There were two on and one out when the most important Plate Appearance in the history of the Angels franchise transpired.
After a few pitches, Scott Spiezio makes contact with the ball and sends it to deep Right Field. The outfielder for the opponents meanders back, casually the ball in his sights, the certainty that this will be caught and then somehow that ball is willed to stay just high enough to continue traveling as the outfielder bumps against the Right Field wall. The ball travels over his head and into the hands of an Angels fan two rows back.
Scott Spiezio hit a three-run home run.
His team was now down 5-3.
The Angels would score three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. They would win the game 6-5 and they would the next night to take the World Championship.
One could argue that, mathematically, the big hits that took place in the bottom of the eighth inning were bigger hits than Spiezio's Home Run. Yes, they were big hits, no Spiezio did not do it all by himself, but understand - he asserted that no game ball was to be given away until he and his teammates had had their say.
And once the Angels had spoken, it turned out that they didn't even need the eight outs allotted them when the game ball had been prematurely awarded as Scott Spiezio watched form the batter's box.