Rangers Woah Nellie - 12" x 16" Print
Speak softly and carry a big boomstick: words Nelson Cruz lives by. The Rangers’ slugger was on another level in the 2011 Postseason — one of his signature moments came in extra innings in Game 2 of the ALCS. The Rangers started the 11th inning with three straight singles, which brought Cruz to the plate with the bases juiced and nobody out. He crushed a 1-2 pitch deep to left for the first walk-off grand slam in MLB history. The slam was Cruz’ second home run of the game and third of the series.
After starting the playoffs off 1-15 in the ALDS, Nelly launched an ALCS-record 6 home runs en route to a record-tying power display in which he hit 8 homers in the 2011 Postseason. Cruz’ slam would have been the second-ever walk-off playoff grand slam, but Robin Ventura’s infamous “Grand Slam Single” is not an official home run because he stopped rounding the bases after he reached first base.
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