Has there ever been a more dramatic, chaotic, and improbable 20 minutes in the history of sports? There have been classic games in the past, but what happened last night, was not just one classic game. It was the finale of a 162-game season like no finale ever before. The chaos of last night was more than just one game, it was the frantic switching back and forth between stations ultimately culminating with two historic collapses coming complete in the span of twenty minutes and two walkoffs literally separated by three minutes. There are few times where it feels like time just stops. Last night was one of those nights.
Last night was an Fredi Gonzalez incredibly allowing Scott Linebrink to pitch to Hunter Pence who would ultimately hit the game-winning RBI with Michael Martinez on deck. Last night was a last place Baltimore Orioles going nowhere way too fast celebrating like they won the World Series. Last night was Dan Johnson, he of the .119/.187/.202 slash line in 31 games in 2011 hitting the game-tying home run with the Rays down to their last out and their last strike. Last night was Evan Longoria. Last night was the mathematically improbable coming to fruition.
And this is last night, condensed into one 12-minute, 5-second video.
Given the numbers in the above link, to say this was the most improbable night in sports history is not that much of a stretch. In fact, it may be a reality. For the Cardinals and the Rays, it is a comeback they will always remember. And for the Braves and the Red Sox, it is a collapse they will never be able to forget.