Steady, unheralded Chris Taylor, just a solid utility guy surrounded by superstars, was Wednesday’s hero with a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Taylor was a defensive replacement. He didn’t start the game because he finished the season in a mammoth slump, 8-for-72, and he had batted only .157 since August 11th.
Taylor played six positions this year. The legendary super-utility man Gil McDougald once said, “I always knew I’d be in the line-up, but I never knew which glove I’d need.” Taylor is like that. He’s the team’s designated McDougald. (Taylor is actually more useful than Gil, because McDougald only played the infield.)
Now it’ll be 107 wins against 106.