Greene’s Walk-Off Electrifies ClemsonAt The Ballpark
CLEMSON, S.C. — Jordan Greene has always dreamed big. At 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, Greene is built like a classic scrappy, speedy second baseman, but his idols were never the little grinders.
“Manny was my guy,” Greene said. “That was my guy growing up, Manny Ramirez. So I don’t look at small guys that much. Manny and Brandon Phillips. I know I’m not (Jose) Altuve so I don’t even want to get into all that.”
On Monday night, Greene got to live out every little second baseman’s secret big-man fantasy. With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Greene launched a no-doubter walk-off homer to left field. And he made it count, flipping his bat toward the Clemson dugout on the first-base side, looking straight into that dugout, stealing a peak back at the ball and then strutting slowly up the first-base line while staring down his teammates in the dugout some more.
“I was hoping it went out, because I wanted to pimp it,” Greene said, to the delight of the assembled reporters afterward. “I took a quick glance at it, and I took a quick glance just to make sure, because if it didn’t go out, that would have been really bad for me. I don’t know, man, it just kind of naturally took over. I’m a big fan of Jose Bautista and Nelson Cruz, big bat flips and stuff. I like seeing it, and I did my best impersonation, I guess.
“You only get one of those chances, a walk-off, you’re not gonna get pegged next at-bat. You get one chance at that, you can’t mess it up.”