Not much had been going right for the Tampa Bay Rays in Monday's win-or-be-eliminated ALDS Game 3 before Evan Longoria came up to bat in the fifth inning. Because of a few miscues by the Rays that were taken advantage of by the opposing Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay found itself in a 3-0 hole.
Longoria, their star, the guy who has been so clutch for the Rays, came up with two runners on as his team inched closer to elimination. There was some wonder whether the Red Sox would even give Longoria a chance to hurt them. Why not just intentionally walk him? But Boston let Clay Buchholz pitch to Longoria. And then this happened.
Not only did Longoria's three-run homer tie the game, it also put him in exclusive company. You see, Monday is Longoria's 28th birthday. He's only the second hitter in MLB history to hit a postseason homer on his birthday.
Willie Mays Aikens hit postseason homer on his birthday (2 actually) in 1980 World Series for #Royals
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 8, 2013
Longoria took a curtain call from the Tampa Bay fans after rounding the bases. We have to hope that someone in the Rays dugout sung him happy birthday after that.