White Sox win on one of baseball's weirdest endings: The walk-off HBP
Walk-off wins come in all shapes and sizes. There's the widely popular walk-off tater, the rare walk-off grand salami, the incredible walk-off straight steal of home and walk-offs of a regular variety. The walk-off walk has even amassed a bit of a cult following on the Internets. But the walk-off HBP? That's mystical creature that's nearly extinct.
Fans who stayed 'til the end on Chicago's South Side got a glimpse of that magnificent beast on Friday night as the White Sox rallied to beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez got the frame started with back-to-back singles. With two on and no outs, Tigers hurler intentionally walked Jose Abreu to get to Avisail Garcia. Wilson proceded to clunk in the winning run:
This is a pain the Tigers know well. Last year they lost a game on a walk-off balk which -- *consults with judges* -- yes, feels worse than a walk-off HBP.
Also last season, the Cubs felt the raw end of that deal when they dropped a game in similar fashion as Justin Grimm hit pinch-hitter Greg Garcia to force in the winning run. In back-to-back seasons (2007 and 2008), MLB saw three games end with a walk-off HBP. Oh, and the White Sox were involved: