By Mike Harrington
The White Sox beat the Mariners, 7-5, in 16 innings Wednesday at Safeco Field in Seattle. Fair enough. Long games happen from time to even. Even ones that go 5 hours, 42 minutes.
But this one was unlike any other in MLB history.
There was no score through 13 innings. None. Then the White Sox plated five runs in the top of the 14th to take a seemingly safe 5-0 lead. But the Mariners got a run and loaded the bases with two out.
And then Kyle Seager hit a grand slam to tie the game, 5-5. Seem odd? Seem pretty incredible? Sure does. Look at the video above. Father runs over a little kid, presumed to be his own, to get the ball. The stunned looking coach the camera pans to in the Chicago dugout? White Sox hitting coach and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Manto
The Elias Sports Bureau and Retrosheet quickly combed the files and figured out it was the first time in big-league history both teams scored as many as five runs in a game that was scoreless through nine. And the first time a team scored as many as five runs to tie an extra-inning game. And the first time anyone in all the years of baseball ever hit a game-TYING grand slam in extra innings to extend a game.
Moral of the story: Never leave a baseball game early.