Nick Ferdinand crushes walk-off homer hours after signing with Revolution
“Welcome to the Revs kid,” indeed.
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the York Nine on this day, with a scoreless streak of nearly 39 innings, they had still two innings more to play. Then a bunch of home runs happened.
One of the uglier stretches of baseball in York Revolution history came to an exhilarating end via one of the most memorable moments in franchise history on Friday, June 5 at Santander Stadium. 25-year-old Nick Ferdinand, playing left field in his first game with the Revolution, smoked a 1-1 Cory VanAllen pitch over the big wall in left to deliver the first walk-off victory of 2015 for York, 4-3. Ferdinand had officially signed his contract just hours earlier before being inserted into the lineup as the nine-hole hitter.
Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, the Revolution offense was working on a 38.2-inning scoreless drought, easily a surpassing the previous futile mark of 23. When Brandon Boggs hit a solo shot to make it 2-1 to snap the streak, Andres Perez followed with a two-run blast of his own in the eighth, also with two out, to put York on top 3-2 going to the ninth.
Closer Josh Judy, who had been seven for seven in save chances, blew his first of the year by allowing a homer to Chris Wallace, which tied it. Then, with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Ferdinand connected for the game-winner, as York snapped an ugly four-game losing streak with a trio of two-out bombs.
Ferdinand joins Danny Sandoval (5/4/09 in 11 vs. Southern Maryland) and Val Majewski (Opening Day, 4/22/10 vs. Southern Maryland) as the only Revs to collect a walk-off hit in their debut with the team. Ferdinand becomes the first Rev to hit a walk-off homer in his debut however.
Ferdinand also becomes the seventh Rev to homer in his first game with the club, joining Nate Espy, Luis Lopez, James Shanks, Adam Witter, Chris Nowak and Matt Spencer.
As a footnote: The June 5 promotion at Santander Stadium was “90’s Night.” When was Nick Ferdinand born?
The final day of 1989, of course.