(Thanks to Twitter follower @BrogdenJames for tipping us off to this video and thanks to YouTube user JulianBabyRuth, not sure if they are the same, for uploading it)
The BlueClaws played 138 games this year, including 71 at home, but I don’t
think any was as exciting as the one that they played on June 28th against West Virginia at FirstEnergy Park.
First off, it was the first of what turned into a three-day Ryan Howard rehab assignment, a Thirsty Thursday, and included a jersey auction (old-school Phillies baby-blues which brought over $10,000 to BlueClaws Charities). It was a beautiful night, 90 degrees at first pitch, though the beginning didn’t go quite as planned. The BlueClaws fell behind 6-0 after three innings, but battled back and cut it to 6-4 on a Chris Duffy home run in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The BlueClaws started the bottom of the 9th inning by loading the bases with nobody out. Aaron Altherr then flew out to right field, though not deep enough to score an runs. That set up, of course, Ryan Howard, coming to bat with the bases loaded, down 6-4, bottom of the 9th, one out. Chris Duffy is on deck.
Howard after the game said the following: “My focus was (in the ninth inning) making sure to get one run home and let big Duff take care of the rest.”
What did big Duff say? “Man it’s the craziest thing,” Duffy said. “Just a few years ago I was playing my brother in video games and playing as Ryan Howard. And now this? It’s crazy.”