July 16, 2024

Purple Sox

“Right here comes Fernando!!”

San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. steals house in the course of the seventh inning of a baseball recreation towards the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in San Diego. Gregory Hull/AP Picture

Wednesday night time’s recreation between the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles began off like some other good matchup. The Orioles drew first blood with a sacrifice fly from Anthony Santander, however the Padres responded with three RBIs earlier than the third inning concluded. Ryan Mountcastle hit a solo house run within the sixth inning to make it a one-run ballgame, however Trent Grisham prolonged the Padres’ lead an inning later with a solo house run of his personal. It was a enjoyable recreation as much as that time, however nothing too out of the odd.

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However all of that modified a couple of moments later, in the identical inning Grisham hit his house run. Juan Soto stood at house plate and seemed into the eyes of Orioles reduction pitcher Cionel Perez, decided to ship teammate Fernando Tatis, Jr. house from his place at third base. However he didn’t must. Tatis took a couple of steps off the bag and darted straight for house plate earlier than Soto had left it. Tatis had simply stolen house plate.

It was an excellent play. And as any baseball fan can attest, all excellent performs deserve an excellent name. This play actually acquired a kind of calls, and it got here from a voice that Purple Sox followers know all too properly.

“HERE COMES FERNANDO!!” shouted Padres commentator Don Orsillo. “HE’S GOING TO STEAL HOME!!!!

Earlier than he began calling video games for San Diego, Orsillo had spent 14 years as NESN’s play-by-play announcer for the Boston Purple Sox. The Melrose, Mass. native was the voice behind three World Collection seasons in Boston and numerous recollections.