Wilson Valdez is pitching. He has never pitched before–not in the majors, not in the minors. He got the first man out. He just plunked one on Scott Rollen.
The fans are going nuts.
Valdez, sensing the situation, went to manager Charlie Manuel and said, “I can pitch.”
“Are you sure?” Manual replied.
Two out now.
The guy playing third was the catcher. He, Carlos Ruiz, chased a foul over the tarp. Two other players have moved to unusual positions.
Oh my! Three out. Valdez goes an inning scoreless.
The fans, those few still left, are giving Valdez a standing ovation.
This is crazy. This doesn’t happen in any other sport. Think flight attendant piloting the plane.
In the bottom of the 19th the Phils loaded the bases then sacrificed home the winning run. Wilson Valdez picks up the win.
God, this is too good. Put another one in the win column for the Phighting Phils.