Former Ray Balfour rallies A's to victory
Former Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour has always worn his emotions on his sleeve. He talks to himself on the mound to fire himself up and might be best remembered for a heated exchange with the White Sox's Orlando Cabrera -- before striking him out -- after Cabrera kicked dirt and called out to Balfour after taking a pitch during the 2008 ALDS.
So, when the Oakland A's trailed the Detroit Tigers by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of Wednesday's ALDS game, Balfour, now the A's closer, wasn't about to keep quiet.
'We're going to rock this guy's world tonight,'' Balfour said he told his teammates, according to Yahoo! Sports. "We're going to walk it off in A's fashion. Because that's what we do.' I said, 'Believe it. Believe it. See yourself run on that field. Every one of you, put your mind to it and believe it and see yourself run on the field with a walk-off victory. Just see it and believe it.' "
Sure enough, the A's rallied for a 4-3 victory to avoid playoff elimination and tie the series at two games apiece.
"I believe the mind is a powerful thing,'' Balfour said. "It's unbelieveable.''