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Here’s Ryan Roberts’ Walk-Off Grand Slam From Last Night’s D-Backs Game

Trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning and down to their last out, the Arizona Diamondbacks staged an improbable comeback for the ages, and the display by infielder Ryan Roberts took as he rounded the bases to cap Arizona’s 7-6 win elicited memories of the elated home trot his manager once took many, many years ago when he was wearing the uniform of the team’s opponent, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sure, this was nothing compared to the hit to which he paid homage, Roberts did channel his manager, Kirk Gibson, and the moves he used when he hit a far more incredible walk-off homer, incorporating the triumphant arm pumps his skipper displayed when he hit perhaps one of the most thrilling walk-off homers in MLB history: his game-winning homer off of Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Said his proud manager (via MLB.com):

“Some things rub off,” Gibson said, cracking a wry grin. “He deserved to do it.”

Roberts, who said after the game he planned to pay tribute to his manager if he ever did hit a walk-off homer, added:

“Everything on this team blows my mind. All year long we’ve done the comeback wins and crazy things all year long, and that just goes down in the books as another one.”

The big win kept the Diamondbacks within reach of securing home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, as they still only trail the Milwaukee Brewers by one game with one to go. And for his extra inning heroics, this is how his teammates rewarded Roberts:

Ouch. But to be honest, I doubt he minded it much.