12 years ago today, Jason Kendall capitalized on a Francisco Rodriguez miscue for a wild A's walk-off
On August 11, 2005, the A's beat the Angels, 5-4, at the Coliseum to take over sole possession of first place in the AL West. Maybe you just saw the box score flash by while going about your routine of whatever you were doing in 2005. But if you did, you missed a truly bizarre scene in the ninth inning -- as the A's walked off in a fashion you likely haven't seen before, and probably won't see again.
With two outs and Jason Kendall on third, Angels closer Rodriguez faced Eric Chavez. After the first pitch of the at-bat, Rodriguez seemed to take issue with a non-strike call and snapped his glove at the return throw from catcher Jose Molina. Just one problem, though: He closed his glove too early to actually corral it ... and the ball dribbling away from Rodriguez was all Kendall needed to rush home and score the winning run.
That's quite a dramatic way for the A's to mount a walk-off win, but that level of undying hustle wasn't out of the ordinary for Kendall.
While behind the plate a few weeks earlier, he more or less pulled off a rare road team walk-off with this recovery and face-first tag at home plate to retire Michael Young and preserve a victory for the A's in Arlington:
When it comes to being alert at all times on the field, Kendall was a cut above.