Announcer Accurately Predicts Dramatic Walk-Off HR Right Before Tampa Bay Secures Historic Win


Every baseball fan enjoys two things: making predictions about their team and being right about those predictions.

While calling the Tampa Bay Rays’ Friday game against the Chicago White Sox, color commentator Brian Anderson got to do both things — on national television.

Tampa entered the ninth inning down by two and looking like they would fall a few games shy of the mark.

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According to ESPN, Christian Bethancourt led off the bottom of the ninth inning by hitting a home run over the right field fence to make the score 7-6. He paused at second after the ball was dropped by a fan and bounced back into play, but the umpires ended up ruling it a home run.

Yandy Diaz followed that home run with a single that brought up Brandon Lowe.

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“You know what I smell?” Anderson asked as Lowe stepped up to the plate. “Walk-off,” he concluded, referring to a game-ending home run.

The left-handed Lowe got a slider inside and pulled it over the right field fence for a walk-off home run, securing an 11-0 home start for the Tampa Bay Rays.

“That baby is gone,” Anderson said as the crowd erupted.

β€œThat was a pretty good win,” manager Kevin Cash told MLB after the game. β€œI don’t know if we could say we saw that one coming.”

But at least one person at the ball park, it seems, did see it coming.

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Anderson predicted the blast, but after further thought, others may have seen it coming as well. After all, as reported by MLB, the Rays, with 45 home runs this season, have hit the second most home runs through 20 games in the history of Major League Baseball.

After the game, Lowe’s teammates gave him a “Gatorade bath” as they celebrated the win, and he was still soaking wet during the post game interview.

β€œIt’s pretty great. It’s an awesome feeling,” Lowe said after the game, MLB reported. β€œI think this might be [the] first walk-off homer of my life, honestly. It’s always awesome.”

The Rays won their first 13 games of the season, tying the old record set by the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers and 1982 Atlanta Braves. Their streak came to an end on April 14 against the Toronto Blue Jays, just one game short of breaking the all-time MLB record.

They are still unbeaten at home, however, with 13 straight home wins to start the season.

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