OK, petition to put gates on the dugouts now? Great. Sign the paperwork, Rob Manfred, because there’s no way we can ever stomach seeing something like this again.
In the top of the sixth inning of the New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays season finale, Austin Meadows popped one up to the third base side and shortstop Gio Urshela had to make a loooong run with the shift on.
And just like that, he’s officially got a defense play to go along with his epic grand slam in the AL Wild Card series last year in Yankees lore.
Somehow, Urshela made a basket catch a few feet away from the Rays dugout and then flew down the steps and into the bench, it would seem.
Gio Urshela suffered a scary fall during the Yankees-Rays game.
If you were watching this live, you knew exactly how worried you were when it was evident Urshela would not be getting up right away.
You couldn’t deny fearing the worst. Snapped ankle. Torn ACL. Facial laceration. Something that would force him out for the rest of the season, a devastating blow after the team had already lost DJ LeMahieu (officially) earlier on Sunday.
Thankfully, everyone exhaled when he was able to walk out of the opposing dugout and back to the Yankees’ side under his own power, which many expected was the conclusion of his afternoon.
But in a stunning twist, Urshela was somehow OK to remain in the game! Are you kidding?! He came out to play defense for the top of the seventh inning.
Can we get a Gio game-deciding hit to end this story? Followed by a Red Sox loss? To end the season? Please.
The Yankees simply have to respond with a win after that unbelievable effort from Urshela. He put his body on the line to give this team a chance to host the AL Wild Card Game.
It’s time for the offense to do something after the pitching has been able to neutralize the Rays for much of the game. Do it for Gio. He just proved he’s willing to leave it all out there to put the Bombers in the best position possible for an October run.