Minor league baseball tends to be ripe for the bizarre and outrageous—and that’s usually just each team’s whacky promotions. But one Missoula Osprey game last season ended in such unbelievable fashion that we made note to mention it a year later in Best of Missoula.
The setup: Missoula led Helena 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the 10th as Osprey pitcher Dexter Fowler faced Raul Mondesi Jr. with a runner on base. Mondesi managed to jack a home run over the left field wall, seemingly tying the game and causing Fowler to curse on the mound. But as Fowler and Osprey catcher Michael Perez tried to regroup, they noticed that Mondesi missed home plate at the end of his home run trot. After considerable confusion, the Osprey appealed the play and the umpire called Mondesi out. Osprey win, 2-1.
We wouldn’t believe it if we hadn’t seen it. As luck would have it, the whole thing was captured on video (link: http://tinyurl.com/78bbw9g).
We like to think that it’s fortuitous games like this one that lead to special seasons. And sure enough, the local boys of summer went on to win last year’s Pioneer League championship.