He prayed for a Tigers hit in the bottom of the ninth. He prayed for Miguel Cabrera to get on base. He prayed for the Oakland Athletics to walk Prince Fielder. And then he prayed to be that man at the plate, bat in his hand, bases loaded, rain falling down, ready to swing at a Grant Balfour fastball roaring toward his hands.
And then it all happened, just as Kelly imagined on that batting cage chair. Visualization is important to a man who lives on the fringe as a baseball lifer. Many nights he spends the entire game locked on the bench, picturing scenarios, trying to see himself in the biggest moments, expecting success. So as the inning played out just as he imagined, he was filled with a strange calm as he walked to the plate.
It was only a sacrifice fly he hit to win the game, what the baseball people call a lazy fly ballRead More »from Don Kelly strong enough to carry Prince Fielder, Tigers toward a 2-0 ALDS lead over A's