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Jose Lobaton's home run on Monday night created quite a splash.
The backup catcher's homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Tampa Bay a dramatic 5-4 win over Boston in walk-off fashion had a little extra sting to it.
The home run ball landed in the Rays outfield touch tank, which holds 20 Cownose Rays.
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This is reportedly only the third home run ball to ever land in the tank. And more notably, it's the first ever by a Rays player.
As Ken Rosenthal explains , the Rays, since the opening of the tank in 2007, had pledged a $10,000 donation for any home run one of their players hit into the 35-foot, 10,000 gallon container -- $5,000 to the Florida Aquarium, which operates the tank, and $5,000 to a charity of the player's choice.
Lobaton's long ball forced a Game 4 between the Rays and Red Sox.
It's probably a good thing the Rays didn't take a page out of the Dodgers book when it comes to aquatic celebrations.
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For the Tampa Bay Rays, NLDS Game 3 started with a dramatic game-tying 3-run home run by 3-time All-Star 3B Evan Longoria, and ended with a dramatic walk-off home run by relatively obscure backup catcher Jose Lobaton to get the Rays first win in the series and stave off elimination. Lobaton was inserted as part of a double switch in the pitchers spot, because the Tampa Bay Rays...
Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox was not won with ease, but after a 5-4 victory, the Tampa Bay Rays have forced a Game 4. The Rays did not play perfect baseball last night, but they got the breaks that they needed, especially when they needed it most. Jose Lobaton hit a ninth inning walk-off homerun to keep the Rays season alive, and hopefully give them the momentum...
The reality of Jose Lobaton‘s walk-off home run is that we don’t know what it’s going to mean yet. This is going to depend in large part on series context, on how the rest of the series goes, and if the Rays still lose to the Red Sox, Lobaton won’t be remembered forever. He’ll forever be a part of Rays history, but the next couple games will determine whether or not he...
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The Tampa Bay Rays staved off elimination on Monday night with a dramatic walk-off home run by catcher Jose Lobaton.
Lobaton had seven home runs during the regular season but none of them measure up to his blast off of Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara which landed in the Rays tank in center field.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A day later, Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is still excited about the result of Game 3 in this American League Division Series.
Sternberg called catcher Jose Lobaton's game-ending, 412-foot solo homer Monday "absolutely the most unexpected moment." The hit, which became the third to splashdown into the Rays Touch Tank in center...
The Tampa Bay Rays are still afloat in the AL division series.
Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday night.
The Rays cut Boston's lead in the best-of-five series to 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday night...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The after-party in the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse was predictably wild and free, both traits that fit these survivors well.
There were yells and drums banged and other familiar noises when catcher Jose Lobaton walked through a corridor with a wide grin and his blue hat turned backward, the man of the moment pausing to blow a kiss to a fan nearby.
The Rays lived to fight another day on Monday night, beating the Red Sox with some late-inning dramatics.
The Red Sox jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, striking first with one run to start off the game, and adding two more in the fifth inning. But with one swing of the bat, Evan Longoria erased the deficit, and knotted the score up at 3-3 with a towering home run in the bottom of...
Still scratching your head over some of Joe Maddon's moves? Ye of little faith! In the end, the Rays' manager put all of his pieces in the right places, producing a jaw-dropping, electrifying result.
A walkoff homer by backup catcher Jose Lobaton into the tank beyond right-center field, where no Rays player had ever gone deep at Tropicana Field? Of course! That was the plan...
Just when it seemed like this series was over, the unlikeliest of players took center stage and swung the momentum of this American League Divisional Series drastically. But even before the Tampa Bay back up catcher, Jose Lobaton, belted a walk off home run to right center filed to give the Rays the victory, things seemed to be taking a different path than that of the first two games...
Koji Uehara took the loss after giving up a walk-off solo homer to
Jose Lobaton as the Rays beat the Red Sox 5-4 in ALDS Game Three
on Monday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (AP Photo)
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have ourselves a series.
The Tampa Bay Rays staved off elimination for the fourth time in the last eight days on...