Justin Morneau: Right place, right time in Pittsburgh's clincher
September 24, 2013 — 9:03am
The Pirates clinched their first playoff berth in 21 years Monday night, in part because of a whip-smart play by Justin Morneau for the game's final out.
Here's what it looked like:
As Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Press-Review wrote it: "Justin Morneau said his instincts took him there.Morneau said his instincts compelled him to move to a place right beside the pitcher's mound at Wrigley Field where he played the pivotal role in the play the ended a 20-year postseason drought on Monday in a 2-1 Pirates win over the Cubs."
Morneau explained the play this way: “Not too often is there going to be a play at home on that kind of ball. I stay at first and try to keep (the batter) at first and drift toward the middle once I see something different happen. Then saw it kick away ... I go back to the instincts. Something told me to go there.”
In other words, as Morneau told Sawchik: "I was in the right place at the right time."
That's pretty much the story of your September, Justin. Enjoy the ride.
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It was bad enough that Minnesota United played as poorly as it did in Wednesday night's 4-0 loss. But the game will be remembered for a remarkable goal that should become the working definition of #fail for a while.