Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/4/12
Evan Longoria, connoisseur of Game 162s, was a regular baseball fan Thursday afternoon. Before playing their season finale, the Tampa Bay Rays tuned into the drama unfolding nearly 3,000 miles away. What they saw on the clubhouse televisions must have looked familiar, a worthy successor to last year's spectacle at Tropicana Field - if not quite as serendipitous. Once again, the favorite lost. Once again, America met new heroes - with names like Evan Scribner, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris. Once again, the unlikeliest victors - this time, the renegade Oakland A's - stomped on the infield. Longoria is the undisputed heavyweight champion of season finales, by virtue of his low-flying walk-off homer to win last year's American League wild card. This season brought new intrigue, in the form of an additional postseason berth in each league - not to mention the sport's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, in the person of Detroit Tigers marvel Miguel Cabrera. Game 162 offered compelli...
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