For those without a rooting interest in Friday night’s affair between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers, the poetic beauty of this game of ours, this baseball, was on full display.
The Mariners clung to a 6-5 lead. They turned to enigmatic closer Fernando Rodney to put the game away, to send their faithful fans home with smiles on their faces. That outcome looked to be very much in jeopardy, though, as mighty third baseman Adrian Beltre strode to the plate with the bases loaded.
Things looked bad for the M’s and great for the Rangers. They looked that way as Beltre laced a line drive down the first base line. But then, as so often happens in baseball, those feelings flipped a full 180 degrees, in this case with one flash of leather from Justin Smoak.
Oh how quickly things can change. Oh how fickle the line between victory and defeat can truly be.
Smoak also came through at the plate in this game with a two-run double as the Mariners secured a much-needed victory in the division. That’s not to mention his more significant contribution to baseball romanticism, of course.