The Walk Off home run. I mean, come on. You gotta love the walk off bomb. One swing, one win. It can’t get much better. You round first, pumping your fist. You round second, really happy. At 3rd, you slap hands with the 3rd base coach, and at home, get pounded with everyone jumping up and down. So where did the home run bounce at home play originate? I mean, you never see players in 1959 hit a walk off bomb and they jump up and down at home plate.
The home run bounce originated in Cincinatti in 1999. That roster included Mike Cameron, Greg Vaugn, and Barry Larkin. They originated it in 1999.
The term, walk off home run, was used first by Dennis Eckersly in after giving up the home run to Kirk Gibson to win the game in game 1 of the 1998 world series.
Here are some clutch players that always seem to hit the homer in huge situations.
1. Scott Hairston:
Seriously, this guy always comes up in the clutch. He’s hit 3 walk off homers in his 2 year career with the Padres. He has 2 in 2007 in a span of about a month. He surely is, Mr. Clutch for the Padres.
2. Ryan Howard:
This guy is clutch, bottom line. He is one of the best hitters in the game, and his walk off bombs are amazing. He is my 2nd favorite first baseman in the majors besides Adrian Gonzalez. I always remember Harry Kalas when I was watching some baseball highlights calling Ryan Howard’s homers. R.I.P. Harry.
3. Albert Pujols
Probably the best hitter in the majors, Pujols can hit bombs in clutch situations. Take his homer in the 2004 NLCS versus the Astros in the 9th inning as an example. He can change a game with 1 swing of a bat.
I forgot a couple of players, so here they are:
4. Andre Ethier:
So this dude hit 4 walk off homers last year, a walk off double, and a walk off walk, as Emma said in the comment section. This guy was Mr. Clutch last year. Sorry, Emma, for forgetting him.
5. Big Papi:
This dude is beast. He wasn’t that clutch last year, but in 2004-2008, he was amazing in the clutch. He hit a walk off bomb to send the Red Sox to the ALCS in ’04, and hit a walk off bomb also in the ALCS versus the Yankees in ’04.
A special mention to Joe Carter, who hit the homer that sent the Blue Jays to a World Series Ring:
Also props to Aaron Boone, who hit the homer in ’03 to send the Yanks to the World Series.
Bobby Thompson, the guy who hit the “shot heard round the world”
There are a lot of other homers in history that have been ultra clutch. That is another exciting thing about baseball. One pitch or swing could decide it all.
The walk off home run is my favorite play in baseball. What’s yours?
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