Was Beckham scared at his 9th inning at-bat?
The scariest moment for Gordon Beckham on Saturday was not hitting in the ninth inning against Cubs reliever Jose Ascanio, with the game on the line. It was seeing Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski coming at him at full speed, as the celebration began after his game-winning hit.
“When you see Thome is at full sprint, you know something is up,” said Beckham with a laugh. “It was a lot of fun.”
“Good, good. Just so he remembers that,” Thome said. “No, we were having a little fun with him. It was good.”
Beckham was surprised when he got a fastball at the first pitch:
“Honestly, I really didn’t think he was going to throw me a fastball on the first pitch, but that’s obviously what you look for, especially late in the game,” Beckham said.
“So I got that pitch and it was a good pitch to hit. To do it against the Cubs in the ninth inning on a walk-off is pretty special for me.”
When he first joined the White Sox, Beckham was guilty of being impatient at the plate and swinging at the first pitch. He didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger early Saturday.
“Usually, in big situations, I like to swing early if it’s a strike because you never know if you’re going to get another good pitch to hit,” Beckham said. “So I went early and it worked out. What a moment.”