Mike Milbury and his Bruins teammates invade the stands at Madison Square Garden during a 1979 game against the Rangers. Though chances are slim fans will see a brawl like this, SI’s Stu Hackel expects more violence in a shortened season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Rangers left wing Steve Vickers sneaks the puck past Bruins goalie Jacques Plante during a 1973 game at the Boston Garden. The Rangers have won seven straight, their longest winning streak since 1973. Meanwhile, the Bruins have won six straight and seem to be over their Stanley Cup hangover. (Tony Triolo/SI)
New Yorker sports writer extraordinaire and member of journalism royalty Roger Angell kept a scorecard of last night’s epic World Series Game Six, which is the baseball equivalent of solving Fermat’s Theorem on a Subway napkin. Click here for the embiggened card.
Walkoff hits are bigger in Texas The Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in MLB post-season history in the 11th inning of Monday’s 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. His reward? A pie in the face and a 2-0 lead in the American League championship series. Photo: Danny Moloshok/Reuters
ARLINGTON, TX—Compassionate Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli could not bring himself to throw out Rays’ 37-year-old outfielder Johnny Damon as he attempted to steal second base Tuesday, allowing the two-time All Star to safely take the bag in the top of the seventh inning. “I honestly had all the time in the world to throw him out, but I didn’t want to embarrass him in front of everybody,” Napoli told reporters after the game, adding that it would have broken his heart to watch Damon get thrown out by such a large margin. “If he goes home tonight thinking that he ran so fast that it didn’t even warrant a throw, then so be it. The guy deserves his dignity.” Sources close to Napoli confirmed that Damon called Napoli the day after the game to say “Thank you.”