Former Bulldog Dan Johnson Homers To Get Rays In Playoffs
Dan Johnson, a former Butler baseball player, homered with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to help the Tampa Bay Rays clinch the American League Wild Card spot. Johnson played for BU during the 1998 season.
With the Rays trailing 7-6 in the 9th inning, Johnson hit a 343-foot blast off New York's Cory Wade to send the game into extra innings. It was the fifth homer with two outs in the 9th in Tampa's MLB history.
Johnson, who was named all-conference for the Bulldogs in 1998, was drafted in the 7th round in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft and made his big-league debut with Oakland in 2005. He batted .276 with three homers and 15 RBIs for Butler, helping the Dawgs to a 33-21 record that season.