Margot was the star of Tampa Bay’s 4–2 win in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, as the Rays took a 2–0 lead in the series by demonstrating Margot’s skills on both sides of the ball.
At the plate, Margot’s first inning, Houston Astro starter Lance Macular Jr.’s three-run homer, gave the Rays a lead they never relinquished. On the field, Margot’s tumbling-over-the-wall catch reached the scoring position during the Astros’ rally in the second inning with a foul drive off Houston’s George Springer’s bat and two runners.
“Manny, he has really replaced it with a home run,” Race Manager Kevin Cash said of the outfielder. “We didn’t see many during the regular season, but I think he is now scoring three big home runs for us here.
“And then the game, just the ability to know where you are and try to say ‘forget it, I’m going to hit something, but I’m going in, and still keep the ball hanging really.’ Was impressive. “
Margot’s homer binge comes on the heels of a regular season in which he hit just one long ball. This is further proof of a club for which everything is coming together at the right time.
“These people are all-in for each other,” Ray said, starting to get Margot’s somersault, Charlie Morton. “[They] Put his dead body on the line. They have been doing this all year. ”
Margot’s catch is definitely the highlight-reel favorite. As Springer’s drive was pushed toward the grandstand, Margot caught it on the warning track, and as the ball hit his glove, he climbed onto the railing before hitting the ground on the wrong side of the rail about 6 feet below. . He put on his glove to show off right-field umpire Manny Gonzalez, whom he put on the ball.
“Manny is great,” Morton said. “He had a great game. The play was unbelievable. I’m glad he’s okay, but it was unprecedented.”
Asked whether he enjoyed the home run or took more catches, Margot said the answer was easy.
“Definitely drive home,” Margot said through an interpreter. “The home run didn’t hurt, and it definitely helped us get an edge.”
Margot was acquired by the San Diego Pads’ Rays before the season in exchange for reliever Emilio Pagan. He spent parts of four seasons with San Diego, making him one of the few Rays familiar with Petco Park, an ALCS venue. He hit .269 during the season with Lone Homer – when he hit 33 with the Padres in his last three seasons.
The year has been rough for the 26-year-old Margot in more ways than what happened on the field. He was placed on the condolence list in early August after his father died in the Dominican Republic.
“My dad died during the season – obviously that was tough,” Margot said. “But you have found a way to stay positive, and you have to move forward.”
Cash said rooming with upstream res roomstop Willie Adams helped Margot transition to his new club, even as the Rays waited for baseball to close due to the COVID-10 epidemic with the rest of the industry. After Monday’s game, Adams looked happier than anyone for Margot, wondering if Margot’s catch should be worn on a T-shirt.
“I hope they make a t-shirt from that,” Adams said. “It would be dope if they make a t-shirt of that. It was incredible – like, incredible, man.”
The way things are going for the Rays for this postman, the way they are doing, every player is going to have a T-shirt.
“We’ve got a talented group of players, and sometimes this talent doesn’t always show up at the same time,” Cash said. “But right now, definitely on pitching and defense, it’s there. They are playing with very little error, and they are doing so.”