Worst. Loss. Ever.
Is there a worse way to lose/blow a save than a balk? Not only did the other team not have to do anything to beat you, but you didn’t really do anything either. Jeremy Accardo stepped off the mound poorly last night, and the Yankees won a game that was fought tooth and nail the entire way, a game that was the triumphant return of our ace, a game that we really, absolutlely, no kidding, 100% positively needed to win in order to continue to delude ourselves that there is anything more to play for this season.
- Catcher’s interference on a swing drives in winning run
- Error with the lineup order makes the final out
- Runners pass on basepaths after what should be a walk-off home run
- The George Brett pine tar incident
- Not having enough players to continue after an injury
And an honourable mention from a little league Ontario championship game I saw once: in the last inning, the home team was down by 3. With a man (boy) on first, a monster of a 12-year-old hit a huge home run to center field (which was unheard of in that park at that age) to tie the game. As he was approaching home plate, his catcher came out out of the line of kids waiting to mob him at home plate and gave him a giant bear hug, lifting him off the ground. The umpire, an eager beaver 16-year-old, called the runner out instantly. That would be worse. Not much worse than tonight, but worse.