Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #37 The Double Grand Dingers


Mar 19, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena receives the trophy with general manager Moises Alou after defeating Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic championship at AT&T Park. Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. A lot of things have to go into a Grand Slam. It’s hard enough to send the ball over that fence to begin with, but to have all bases filled with runners can put a lot of pressure on a batter. To do it twice in a game is rare. Moment 37 is that feat. We take you to April 28, 1997 when the Marlins hit 2 Grand Slams against the San Diego Padres.

It didn’t take long for the Marlins to light up Tim Worrell of the San Diego Padres. Tim started off well enough getting Luis Castillo to ground out in the top of the 1st. After that not so much. He then proceeded to walk Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield, and Bobby Bonilla which set up the Moises Alou with a chance to clear the bases. And Boy did he. The first pitch Alou saw he liked and sent it flying over the left field wall for a Grand Slam. The Marlins weren’t done yet.

In the 6th inning and down 7-4 the Marlins faced a different Tim, Tim Scott. Gregg Zaun started us off with a walk, followed by a Kurt Abbott single, and then a Castillo single. This gave Renteria a chance to do what Alou did earlier in the game. Unfortunately, Renteria went down looking. Up came Sheffield. Sheffield, after falling behind 0-2, took 3 balls and had a full count on pitch number 6. That pitch 6 saw Sheffield’s bat then the left field stands. Grand Slam number 2 for the game.

Man, Sheffield can hit some dingers. Join me tomorrow and see what 2 dingers of Sheffield made moment 36.