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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Walk Off... Go Home... It's Over!

Today was the last game for the mighty East Palo Alto Kubs, Sam's baseball team. They were playing for 2nd place in the league against Lodge, their rivals. The winner would have sole possession of 2nd place and receive a trophy (which each kid coveted greatly).

It was a tough game. Lodge came out hard and behind their great pitching remained in front through six innings. But behind the Kubs solid defence (led by their catcher, Sam) they kept the score close.  Being the home team they had the last at bat. 

In the bottom of the 6th (ending) inning, the Kubs were trailing by one run. The bottom of the order was batting. Jasmine, our rookie was up. For whatever reason Lodge pulled their pitcher and replaced him with a closer. 

After going to a full count Jasmine walked and was replaced with a pinch runner, Jason. Next up was another rookie, Andre who also reached base on balls. The leadoff hitter, Samuel Liotti, was up. On the first pitch, Sam crushed an 'against the fence' 'walk off' double scoring Jason and Andre.

Sam walked off the field the hero, winning his team the second place trophy and the game ball for himself!

As a bonus, Sam was voted team MVP and made the league all star team as a catcher. It's been fun to watch him use his leadership skills to work with the pitchers and infield players. After reluctantly taking his place behind 'the dish' this year, he found a home following in Yogi Berra's, Jorge Posada's and Johnny's Bench's footsteps!

Yea, I'm a little proud of him, just a little;)


  1. Hooray for Sam the Slugger! One day dad and I can root for you and Judah at the heart of the order in the Bronx!

  2. your must have been smiling big. that's awesome. talk to you soon. jose

  3. Ben Eash7:27 AM

    that's great news. it's always remarkable when you get the golden opportunities and make something of them. congrats, Sam!

  4. steve4:36 PM

    thats great for samuel... however, jorge posada does not belong in that list.... ;)

  5. Way to go Samuelito! Proud of you slugger!