Monday, October 10, 2005

CHRIS BURKE, THE FIFTH PLAYER IN MLB HISTORY TO HIT A SERIES-ENDING HOMER


Burke is always up for big-time situations. He is not afraid of failure. He just needs a chance and willingly he fail in order to get an opportunity to do that. He talks about situations and opportunities and talks about how he wants to be the guy -- in the spots. Burke, who entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch-runner for Lance Berkman came up with one out in the 18th against rookie Joey Devine, and launched a drive over the left-field wall liftIng the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Braves. The homer proved to be auspicious for the Astros since it made them eligible National League Championship Series. His grand slam in the eighth made the hero of the game, or at least, one of the heroes of this game. Burke is also a second baseman who is stuck behind Craig Biggio, a future Hall of Famer. He is a player who knows how to play under pressure. He is also a modest persona who respects his role as a young player among veterans. The unsung hero of the game was Roger Clemens who was the last accessible pitcher for the Astros, and was pitching on just two days' rest. He tossed three shutout innings of relief to earn the victory.

It was indeed the longest postseason game lasting 5 hours, 50 minutes. The previous longest postseason game also took place in Houston when the New York Mets clinched the 1986 NLCS with a 16-inning win at the Astrodome.

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