The last two nights of sporting events told me why I watch them. The excitement of the come-from-behind win against all odds. For that to happen in two different sports and at two completely different levels is why I keep coming back for more!
Yes, it’s hard to compare what Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodger did on the NFL national stage Sunday night against the Chicago Bears with what Lakewood BlueClaws catcher Rodolfo Duran did last night against the Lexington Legends on the very small stage of a minor league baseball game but it was the same “two guys who made a difference to lead their teams, beating all odds, to win the game when all seemed lost”.
For the veteran Rodgers, the highest paid player in football, to bring back the Pack from a 20-0 deficit late in the game was almost expected. Read HERE. On the other hand, the 20-year-old Duran is only getting started in his baseball career. Read HERE.
Like Rodgers Sunday night in football, Duran started off slowly in the SAL Championship Series, striking out in his first two at bats but he finished strong just like Aaron. Rodolfo would do it all, starting with throwing out a runner trying to steal second base in the fifth inning to keep the score at a manageable deficit. In the top of the ninth with his team trailing 5-0, he would hit a long, 440 ft., three-run homer to cut the score to 5-3.
Lakewood would tie the score at 5-5 in the ninth with two more home runs which would send the game into extra innings. It would be Duran again who would get things started by opening the 11th inning with a base hit and would eventually come around to score what turned out to be the winning run. He finished the game going 2 for 4 with the homer, two runs scored and the three RBIs, all when it counted the most.
In the semi-final clinching game Friday night, Duran caught a no-hitter to send Lakewood into the Sally League Championship Finals starting last night. What more can you ask of your catcher than what Duran has delivered in the playoffs?
It is too early to tell if Aaron Rodgers can lead the Green Bay Packers into the Super Bowl this season or if Rodolfo Duran can lead the Lakewood Blue Claws to the SAL Championship in the next few days. They both proved in the last two nights that they are very special athletes who can come through in the clutch for their teams when it counts. They are why we watch the games especially when they are on the field!