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2011 alcs

Nelson Cruz Goes Where Robin Ventura Could Not

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers runs the bases after hitting a walk off grand slam home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win Game Two of the American League Championship Series 7-3 against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Nelson Cruz, last night.

And by "where Robin Ventura could not," we mean: all the way around the bases, after ending a playoff game by hitting the ball over the fence with the bases loaded. Last night, Nelson Cruz launched a walk-off grand slam into the left-field stands to give the Rangers a 7-3 victory in Game Two of the ALCS, and a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the series. Officially, it's the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history.

Of course, Mets fans surely remember that Robin Ventura once ended a playoff game by hitting a ball over the fence with the bases loaded. But he was mobbed by his teammates before reaching second base, resulting in his famous "grand-slam single" and a mere 4-3 Mets victory in Game Five of the 1999 NLCS. Just for the hell of it, here's video of Ventura's walk-off:

The Rangers may have let their teammate round the bases last night, but that's not to say they didn't sufficiently celebrate his homer. There's a lot going on in this (non-embeddable) clip, from Cruz rolling his helmet into the scrum to a teammate throwing a cup of liquid on him before he reaches the plate. Eventually, though, Cruz would indeed step on home plate, officially registering his grand slam.

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Photo: Harry How/Getty Images