You want Manny Ramirez. They give you Rob Mackowiak. Well, there is one area in which Rob Mackowiak has Manny Ramirez beat. But only one. Rob Mackowiak and his wife have a son, Garrett, who was born at around 11 a.m., May 28, 2004. That wasn't the only highlight of the day. Rob decided to go to work that evening, which meant partaking in a doubleheader for his team, the Pirates, against the Cubs. He arrived at 4pm for a 5pm start. Mackowiak was hitless in his first four at-bats that day, but his fifth at-bat was as good as it gets. With the score tied 5-5, and the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mackowiak cracked a walk-off grand slam to right-center field against Cubs closer Joe Borowski. With lefthander Glendon Rusch starting for the Cubs in Game 2, Mackowiak was not put into the lineup sent out behind future Met Oliver Perez. He'd make an appearance as part of a double-switch in the seventh inning, just in time to play hero again. Mackowiak came up in
A blog devoted to cataloguing New York Mets walk-offs and other trivia. For those unaware of the definition of walk-off just replace the term with the words "game-ending" and you should have a much better understanding of the phrase.