Goldeyes light it up for another league championship

With the Bombers in the midst of their best season in years and Jets hockey right around the corner, it’s an exciting time for Winnipeg sports fans. But let’s take a second to show some love for the Goldeyes.

On Wednesday night, our beloved but oft-overlooked baseball club won their second straight American Association championship. And they did it in the most dominant way possible.

Yep, you read that right. The Goldeyes crushed the Wichita Wingnuts by a final score of 18-2. For all you non-baseball fans out there, that’s pretty impressive.

The title is the Goldeyes’ third in the past six years and the fourth in its 24-year history. But last night was the team’s first championship win in front of a home crowd. More than 6,000 fans were there for the party.

What makes the win even more special is that it almost didn’t happen. Before a controversial call in the ninth inning of Game 4 reversed the Goldeyes’ final out, it looked like their season was over. The Wingnuts even cleared the benches and began celebrating.

But the Goldeyes took full advantage of their good fortune. After coming back to tie the game, they went on to win it in 17 innings and force a fifth and deciding game.

Then on Tuesday it was announced that the final game would be postponed due to weather, only adding to the suspense.

By the time they took to the field on Wednesday night, the sun was shining, the park was packed and the team seemed destined for another championship. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Goldeyes open the 2018 season in May and will be celebrating their 25th year. In the meantime, let’s celebrate our city’s back-to-championships.

All photos courtesy of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club.

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