ANAHEIM — The fans watching at home Saturday night weren’t the only one’s thinking that the Rays’ come-from-behind victory against the Angels had a similar feel to last season’s memorable Game 162, when Tampa Bay beat the Yankees, 8-7, on the final day of the season and clinched the American League Wild Card.
Third baseman Evan Longoria noted, “There were some guys, you know, making mention of it during the game.”
Outfielder Sam Fuld was one of those players, and he said “the similarities were pretty amazing.”
"I came up with the bases loaded when we were down 8-0 [Saturday night], and 7-0 in Game 162. Then, Longo hitting the home run later in the inning to put us just down by one, then having a pinch-hitter hit a huge home run, Carlos [Pena] and Dan Johnson," Fuld said. "Pretty freaky. I said it at the time, and everyone was like, ‘You’re right. The similarities are amazing.’"