It was the top of the eighth, and Stephen Strasburg had given the Washington Nationals seven stellar innings — and for once, the Nats were up, but only by one run. In other words, not nearly enough for any game, and especially any game in October, against the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs.
Daniel Murphy, with two outs, lined a base hit up the middle — and walks to Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters loaded the bases for Michael A. Taylor. At that point, Carl Edwards Jr. was still on the hill for Chicago, having loaded the bases up after Jon Lester allowed the hit to Murphy.
Then came Michael A. Taylor, with Edwards Jr. still on the hill. Taylor took ball one, and at that point, enough was enough for Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon, making the unorthodox move of relieving a pitcher in the middle of an at-bat, calling on closer Wade Davis to end the threat.
Davis pumped a strike down the middle, and then proceeded to throw a 1-1 pitch away to Taylor, who got the barrel of his bat on it. However, the wind and rain had kept every ball that had been clocked that day —- and there were quite a few of them — inside the yard. But Taylor’s went and went, so much that it may have gone off the wall. That was, until it landed in the infamous basket that lines the outfield walls of Wrigley.
BRING US YOUR POTATO EMOJIS! pic.twitter.com/xYF9skjdo5— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 11, 2017
MICHAEL. A. TAYLOR... CUE THE TITANIC MUSIC pic.twitter.com/k3Msn0ojW3— adam berner (@i_bern_em) October 11, 2017
If Michael Taylor hits a grand slam here I’ll buy his jersey no questions asked— Ryan Baker (@Rbake97) October 11, 2017
Never say I’m not a man of my word. Go #nats pic.twitter.com/98lxqXcAHw— Ryan Baker (@Rbake97) October 11, 2017
Grand salami time. Off of Wade Davis. And he even cracked a smile for a hot second.
(Also, here are a few other fun tweets from today:)
October 11, 2017
FULL DRAGON pic.twitter.com/0bTmfiaBR8— Mina (@maddc8) October 11, 2017