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Of Course it Had to End That Way



    Of Course it Had to End That Way
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    Elvis Andrus is unable to catch the ball as Russell Martin slides safely into second base during the 7th inning of Game 5 of the ALDS at Rogers Centre Oct. 14 in Toronto. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

    It all started in the top of the seventh with two outs when Rougned Odor had found his way to third base, and Shin-Soo Choo was in the batter's box facing Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez.

    With that as your setting, buckle up for the wildest inning you've ever seen in your life, and most likely will ever see.

    After a ball, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin leisurely tried to throw the ball back to Sanchez from one knee, and the ball instead hit an outstretched bat of Choo, who was still in the batter's box. The ball rolls down the third base line after the deflection, and Odor trots home, touches home and then is told to go back to third base.

    It was something we'd never seen, and something several baseball lifers had never seen. Jeff Banister, however, had seen it, and as a former catcher, he knew the rule. It was a Rangers run. Live ball, Odor touched the plate, run Rangers.

    Sure enough it was. That's when the Blue Jays informed the umpire they were playing the remainder of the game under protest and then there was an 18-minute delay when Blue Jays fans turned into animals, throwing beers on the field, hitting babies in the head with said beers and just acting like all around buffoons.

    The Rangers had the lead on the wackiest player you'll ever see, and that wasn't even the start of the wild inning.

    By now, we all know what unfolded in the bottom of the seventh as the Rangers became the first team in postseason history to commit three straight errors in one inning. The Blue Jays then tied the game on a little duck snort single that Odor probably should've caught and then, of course, the infamous bat flip.

    It was the wildest inning in baseball history, and of course, the Rangers and their flair for the dramatic heartbreak had to be a part of it.