Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Luis Matos, 2001 Stadium Club #86
39. Luis Matos robs David Ortiz - 7/9/05. By this point, the Orioles had already lost their early-season hold on first place, but on a Saturday afternoon they drew back to within three games of the first-place Red Sox with a 9-1 romp at Camden Yards. However, the result was still very much in doubt with two outs in the top of the third. Bruce Chen had just given up an RBI single to Edgar Renteria, and "Big Papi" followed with a blast to left-center field. Matos backed up to the fence, leapt, and denied Ortiz of a three-run homer. Four batters into the home half of the inning, Rafael Palmeiro successfully clouted a three-run shot of his own, and the Birds were on their way. The following season, Luis played his final big league game before even turning 28.
33. Joe Orsulak robs Harold Baines - 5/19/90. The O's were already trailing 3-0 when Baines led off the top of the fourth with a deep fly to right. "Joe O" made a leaping grab at the wall in Memorial Stadium to bail out starting pitcher Jay Tibbs. Baltimore fell behind 5-0 before a Mickey Tettleton three-run homer closed the gap to 5-3 in the seventh, but the Birds couldn't muster any further attack and fell by that same score.
Oh, and if you care about this sort of thing, ex-Oriole Gary Matthews, Jr. earned the #1 spot with the back-to-the-field, running-up-the-wall catch that he pulled off a few years ago while with the Rangers. Bully for him.