Friday, December 19, 2008

A Comeback, And The Greatest Comeback In Princeton History

The No. 8 story on the countdown of the Top 12 Princeton athletic events of 2008 is the softball team's twin rallies against Cornell to win the Ivy League South Division title.

Princeton trailed 7-1 and 11-6 in the first game before winning it 12-11 on a grand slam from Kathryn Welch and a two-run shot from Jamie Lettire in the sixth. The second game ended when Welch and Lettire homered in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 win.

It was a wild comeback, to be sure. You don't usually expect balls to be flying out of softball fields, where dominant pitching and slap-hitting usually win games. Princeton, though, hit 55 home runs last softball season, an extraordinary number.

Any talk of Princeton comebacks, of course, leads back to Feb. 9, 1999, at the Palestra. That was the night that Princeton trailed Penn 29-3 (after a 29-0 Penn run), 33-9 at halftime and then 40-13 at the first media timeout of the second half before coming back for a 50-49 win.

If you were in the building that night, you'll never forget it. If you weren't, you can't possibly imagine what it was like. It is the best comeback in Princeton athletics history, and there is ZERO chance that it'll ever be topped.

What amazes TigerBlog now, though, is that it's been 10 years already. This decade is simply flying by (what is this decade called, anyway? the zeroes?); doesn't it seem like yesterday that Y2K was the biggest problem anyone faced? Contrast this decade with the ’70s, which to TigerBlog will never end.

The twin countdown stories will now break for the weekend, to be picked up next week at No. 7. A break for Christmas will enable the No. 1 stories to appear on Dec. 31.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In the story about the softball team's comeback against Cornell, congratulations on the line, "Well, you've probably caught on that losses don't factor too high in these Top 12 lists."