The last time Jeff Francoeur hit a walk-off HR, Barack Obama was just a senator from Illinois
Francoeur hits first walk-off HR since 2008
For the first time in more than seven years, an MLB game ended on a Jeff Francoeur home run on Sunday.
The Phillies were trailing the Marlins, 7-6, in the ninth. After Carlos Ruiz drew a leadoff walk, Francoeur came to the plate and launched an A.J. Ramos offering over the fence in left-center field to lift the Phils to victory.
Francoeur's last walk-off home run came on Memorial Day weekend ... of 2008.
Between his '08 dinger and Sunday's heroics, Francoeur played for seven teams (Braves, Mets, Rangers, Royals, Giants, Padres and Phillies). He had time to turn himself into a pitcher (he made eight appearances for Triple-A El Paso in 2014) and back into an outfielder.
To put that in perspective, the last time Francoeur hit a walk-off home run:
- The first "Iron Man" film was still in theaters
- Rihanna's "Take A Bow" had just unseated "Bleeding Love" as the No. 1 song in the country
- Greg Maddux was still an MLB pitcher (he struck out four and beat the Reds the next day)
- Barack Obama was just a senator from Illinois
- The Yankees were still playing in the old Yankee Stadium
- "Sons of Anarchy" had not yet premiered on FX
- Katy Perry had yet to have a No. 1 song
- Bryce Harper was only 15
All Harper managed to do in the time since is: get his GED, enroll in junior college, land on the cover of Sports Illustrated, get dubbed the "next LeBron," get drafted, work his way through the Minor Leagues and hit three walk-off dingers of his own.
Sunday's home run was Francoeur's eighth of the 2015 season. He's hitting .257 and 19 of his 48 hits have gone for extra bases. Keep on, keepin' on, brother.