History was made in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. After nine years in the minors, Mpho’ “Gift” Ngoepe got to play in a major league game. There have been major league players from North, South and Central America, Asia and Europe before, but not one from Africa.
Before Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays were a struggling, underperforming team that was running out of time to right the ship. Because no one was talking about the Blue Jays’ pathetic start anymore, they were talking about the greatest home plate tag anyone has ever seen. Coghlan’s slide was one of the things that helped the Jays win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, and they needed it badly.