Nate Freiman delivers sweep for Oakland Athletics against Yankees Mariano Rivera

  • David Whitlock

In an amazing game with tons of twists and turns, the tallest player in major league baseball delivered the death blow to the oldest player in major league baseball.  The Oakland Athletics 6’8″ 1B Nate Freiman delivered the deciding bases loaded single on (wait for it) a broken bat against 43-year-old Mariano Rivera to walk off the Athletics 3-2.  The Athletics swept the Yankees and now have 5 wins in 6 tries against the Bronx Bombers.  Watch the game winning hit (courtesy of

Nate Freiman was but 8-years-old when Mariano Rivera made his major league debut in 1995.  This was Rivera’s second outing of the year in which he did not retire a batter in a road, walk-off loss.

Athletics walk off against Mo Credit: Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports

Athletics walk off against Mo
Credit: Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports

The game was almost decided in the 15th if not for a great throw, but even more amazing grab by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart to keep the Athletics from walking off at that point.

That wasn’t the only close play at the plate, as the Athletics scored their 2nd run (which eventually sent it to extras) on a tag play that was correctly called in that the glove got the runner, but the ball was not in the glove.

Seems like this season has had more than its share of really long games, much to the chagrin of major league bullpens.

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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