Breaking down the best moments from Carlos Gomez's walk-off home run
It was a story of redemption. The Rays' Carlos Gomez had struck out earlier in the game and showed off his strength by snapping the bat over his knee. Then, with a runner on and the Twins and Rays tied at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, Gomez got his chance. He swung with the kind of power that has resulted in him stumbling and falling in the past. This time, he stayed on his feet ... and the ball carried over the wall.
The Rays won the game, 8-6. That was exciting.
But then Gomez went into his celebration. Somehow, that was even more exciting. Let's break it down step-by-step.
1. The Immediate Aftermath
The bat goes down. The arms go up. Nothing is as classic or iconic as this move. Nothing conveys the sheer joy of the moment quite like putting your arms in the air like you just don't care.
The biggest homers tend to be remembered for this rather than the homer itself.
See: Edwin Encarnacion in the ALDS and, of course, Manny Ramirez from 2007:
2. The hat tip
As everyone knows, you can't run until your headwear fits properly.
And then Gomez went all the way in with the tongue out.
3. The helmet pat
It's hard to see, but Gomez continued to celebrate throughout his trot. As he approached third, he even gave his helmet two quick pats. Perhaps he thought he was a train and the pats were his way of saying "Toot toot!"
4. The dance
Check out the sheer distance he covered with each squat-lunge. Do this for about 30 seconds, and you've got your leg workout covered.
5. The high-fives
You just know those high-fives hurt. If I were on the Rays, I'd see these powerful hand claps and quickly throw my baseball glove on before offering one up.