Samuel Deduno pleaded with Tony Pena to leave him in the game - the outing of his life, his country across his chest.
Pena stuck with the demonstrative Dominican Republic right-hander - with his island nation's World Baseball Classic hopes hanging on that managerial move. Deduno made Pena change his mind, and he never changes his mind.
The pitcher did his part by striking out Angel Pagan, and four innings later it was finally time for a party four years in the making.
The Dominicans have their World Baseball Classic crown, at last. Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina understood the magnitude of this victory, and made sure to call right away to offer his congratulations after his countrymen beat Puerto Rico 3-0 on Tuesday night.
''We appreciate that from the president,'' Jose Reyes said. ''This win is all about the Dominican Republic. They were hungry waiting for this moment, and we did it.''
Cheers of ''Dominicana! Dominicana!'' rang out through the rain at AT&T Park...