Yearbook, Sept. 28: Best baseball night ever

September, 28, 2012
Sept. 28, 2011: First, the Atlanta Braves lost in 13 innings, completing a stunning 10.5-game collapse and allowing the (eventual World Series champion) St. Louis Cardinals to sneak into the playoffs.

And that was just the start. Twenty minutes later, a Jonathan Papelbon blown save in Baltimore sent the Orioles onto the field in celebration -- even though the home team was well out of playoff contention. That's just how much they relished beating the Boston Red Sox, who just three minutes later watched the Tampa Bay Rays -- who trailed the New York Yankees 7-0 going into the eighth inning that night -- blaze into the postseason on an Evan Longoria walk-off home run in the 12th.

(Click here for the full timeline, if you want to relive it in words.)

Martin Prado after the Braves missed the playoffs in 2011Dale Zanine/US Presswire
Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter celebrate making the playoffs in 2011Bob Levey/Getty Images
Baltimore Orioles celebrate beating the Red Sox in 2011AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Orioles celebrate beating the Red Sox in 2011Rob Carr/Getty Images
Jonathan Papelbon after losing to the Orioles in 2011AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Terry Francona and Dustin Pedroia after losing to the Orioles in 2011G Fiume/Getty Images
Evan Longoria after hitting a home run to make the playoffs in 2011AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Evan Longoria after hitting a home run to make the playoffs in 2011Kim Klement/US Presswire
Tampa Bay Rays celebrate making the 2011 playoffsAP Photo/Mike Carlson
Evan Longoria celebrates with Tampa Bay Rays fans in 2011AP Photo/Mike Carlson
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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