With a shining championship belt sitting on his locker shelf, David Robertson tried to explain that high-wire top of the 11th. He was perfectly capable of talking about the facts, but describing the emotions was nearly impossible.
“I was excited and pumped,” he said. “We got three outs and didn’t give up a run, and with our lineup, we have a chance to win it with one swing, and it ended up being what happened.”
The biggest out might have been the first one, when Delmon Young lined out to first.
“When I threw it I thought, Oh God,” Robertson said. “And before you could snap your fingers, it’s in his glove.”
Force out at the plate. Fly out to center. That’s all it took to get out of an inning that couldn’t have started any worse and could hardly have ended any better.
“I’m already in a jam, then I make it even worse by loading the bases,” Robertson said. “… One swing of the bat and it could be a double and the next thing you know we’re in the hole three runs. You never know, so we were fortunate to not have that happen.”