Lobaton’s walk-off homer really stings

Jose Lobaton’s home run on Monday night created quite a
splash.

The backup catcher’s homer in the bottom of the ninth to
give Tampa Bay a dramatic 5-4 win over Boston in walk-off fashion
had a little extra sting to it.

The home run ball landed in the Rays outfield touch tank, which
holds 20 Cownose Rays.

This is reportedly only the third home run ball to ever land in
the tank. And more notably, it’s the first ever by a Rays
player.

As
Ken
Rosenthal explains
, the Rays, since the opening of the tank in
2007, had pledged a $10,000 donation for any home run one of their
players hit into the 35-foot, 10,000 gallon container —
$5,000 to the Florida Aquarium, which operates the tank, and $5,000
to a charity of the player’s choice.

Lobaton’s long ball forced a Game 4 between the Rays and Red
Sox.

It’s probably a good thing the Rays didn’t take a
page out of the Dodgers book when it comes to aquatic
celebrations.

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