First a glass bat and now MLB's first video-reviewed walk-off home run. Talk about an amazing 2010 for Brian McCann.
The Atlanta Braves have been nothing short of heroic in 2010. They lead MLB in walk-off wins (11) and last-at-bat wins (23). Plus, they're tied for first in comeback wins (40) and pinch-hit homers (8), so it should come with little surprise that the first video-reviewed walk-off homer came courtesy of Brian McCann in their 7-6 win over Florida on Sunday.
Down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Matt Diaz hit a pinch-hit two-run home run to tie the game at six. Then with two outs, McCann laced a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall that bounced back into the field of play and was scored a double. McCann stood at second base pleading with the umpire. "I knew it was a homer. I was telling Tim McClelland, 'I promise you it's a homer, I heard it hit the back.'" Since Major League umpires are a visual rather than audio bunch of fellows, they checked instant replay and reversed the original call, scoring the hit a home run. It was the first time replay was used and ruled a walk-off home run since the introduction of replay on August 28, 2008.
Unfortunately for McCann, Bobby Cox wasn't on hand to share this momentous occasion. Atlanta's longtime manager was ejected in the sixth inning, further extending his record for most ejections (157). However, there is a silver lining for the Braves star catcher -- his replay walk-off made him an instant inductee to the SportsCenter.com Instant Reply Hall of Fame. He joins the following members:
Brett Hull (June 10, 2000) - The Sabres and Stars were tied 1-1 in triple-overtime of Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals when Brett Hull scored the series-clinching goal with his skate in the crease. The NHL ruled Hull had his skate in the crease, which according to the rules was legal. The referees never went to instant replay to determine if Hull "had control" and the Stars won their first Stanley Cup, qualifying them for instant induction into the Texas Winter Sports Hall of Fame.
Tom Brady (January 19, 2002) - With less than two minutes to play, down 13-10 to the Raiders in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Charles Woodson sacked Tom Brady and forced a fumble which Oakland recovered. The officials ruled the play a fumble. However, after reviewing the play, they reversed their original call stating Brady's arm was in a passing motion making it an incomplete pass. The Pats tied the game with a field goal on that drive and defeated Oakland in overtime with a second field goal. Two weeks later the Pats won Super Bowl XXXVI and the "tuck rule" became part of NFL folklore. It had nothing to do with Justin Tuck.
Jason Lezak (August 11, 2008) - Jason Lezak began the anchor leg of the men's 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympics trailing French anchor Alain Bernard by more than half a body length. But after a furious final 50 meters, Lezak and the American's defeated the French by eight hundredths of a second to break the world record by 3.99 seconds and win the gold medal. The Olympic judges reviewed the frantic finish and unfortunately for the French it was upheld.
Santonio Holmes (February 1, 2009) - Trailing the Cardinals 23-20 in Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger connected with Santonio Holmes in the corner of the endzone with 35 seconds left on the clock. The referees went to replay to see if Holmes' feet were in bounds. After booth review, the touchdown was upheld and Pittsburgh won their sixth Super Bowl.