(Busch Stadium) Reminiscent of 2011, Tyler O’Neill had his jersey “shredded” off his body as his St. Louis Cardinals celebrated his 10th inning walk-off homer to beat San Francisco 5-4 on Saturday.
“It was fantastic,” smiled O’Neill. “I’ve had a couple walk-offs in my minor league career, but nothing comes close to comparing. Being in a pennant race and finishing it off for the guys was just a great feeling.”
Dedicated to his workouts and fitness, the chiseled O’Neill refrained from posing down or going full “gun-show” after his jersey was ripped off.
“Concluded that might be a little too much,” he laughed. “Honestly. So we just went with it–just wherever the boys pushed me. Just went with it.”
The walk-off homer was the first for O’Neill at the big league level and was the eighth time this season the Cardinals won in such fashion, their 11th walk-off win overall.
According to official metrics, the ball traveled 414 feet. Interesting as it was caught on the bounce by fans who were on the concourse–which was the full depth of the visiting bullpen and seven rows of bleacher seats beyond the wall marked at 375 feet.
“I got it pretty good,” said O’Neill. “I think you can always get a ball better, but as long as it goes out it doesn’t matter to me. They all count the same.”
O’Neill has hit 35 home runs between St. Louis (9) and Memphis (26) this season.
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