Land Shark Stadium, Miami, FL
Game 3 of 3
This wasn’t a heartbreaker – it was a tearjerker.
CUBS 2 6 0
MARLINS 3 7 0
I really thought we were in the clear, with the Cubs up 1-0 at the top of the 7th. Ron Santo declares “we have a problem, we don’t win very many of these 1-0 games – especially on the road.”
Cody Ross (FLA CF) homers in the 7th against Aaron ‘Give em UP’ Heilman. The game is tied. Jake Fox homers in the top of the 9th – again, I thought we were in good shape.
Pinch hitter Hanley Ramirez pops out to Kevin Gregg, bottom of the 9th. One down.
Dan Uggla (hitless throughout the series) in the batter’s box. He takes the 3rd pitch high outside for ball 3.
Ron Santo: “Uh, Pat, I don’t like this at all.”
Uggla fouls away the next pitch.
Pat Hughes: “Here’s the 3-1 from Gregg…” CRACK
Ron Santo: “OHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”
Pat Hughes: “It’s GONE, the game is tied again.”
Ron Santo: “NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!’
Then Cody Ross steps into the box…
Pat Hughes: “Here’s Cody Ross, who homered in his last at-bat…”
Ron Santo (still screaming): “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”
Pat Hughes: “Here’s the pitch…” CRACK “…that one is over the wall, and the game is over.”
Ron Santo: “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHHH!!!”
That’s the great thing about Santo calling the games on the radio…he’s clutching his scorecard just like the rest of us, a true fan watching the worst case scenario unfold. I didn’t have to SEE what was going on to realize how horrible it really was. Santo KNEW, and he was right, and I felt the same way…pencil and scorecard on the floor, walking around with my head in my hands….a true tearjerker.
Ryan Dempster (6 IP, 0R, 3H, 4BB, 4K) and Ryan Theriot (3-4) were great.