Golson's game-winning throw an eye-opener

Golson's game-winning throw an eye-opener

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Greg Golson's strong, accurate throw was replayed repeatedly in the news cycle, cutting down Carl Crawford again and again, the Yankees rookie had to set his phone to vibrate just to catch a few winks of sleep.

Everyone, it seemed, wanted to hit Golson with a call or text message to let the outfielder know they'd seen his game-ending rocket on Tuesday, in which he fired a ball to third base on one hop to end the Yankees' 8-7, 10-inning victory over the Rays.

"It's not one of those things you expect is going to happen," Golson said. "With one of the fastest guys in the league, it's one of those things where I was just trying to put a good throw on the ball."

With just 21 games of big league experience under his belt, Golson is hardly a household name, but those who watched the speedy, athletic player at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre couldn't have been stunned by the throw.

"I've seen him throw a bunch," said Yankees rookie Colin Curtis. "Everyone down there knows he's got a great arm, so it didn't surprise me at all. I wish I could throw that hard."

Alex Rodriguez, who caught the one-hop throw and applied the tag to Crawford, said that he was especially impressed by the fact that Golson caught the ball flat-footed.

"I honestly thought he had no chance, just because he caught it with his momentum pointing back to right field. It was straight as an arrow," Rodriguez said.

Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson may have had the best view, ranging over and alerting Golson that Crawford was tagging. He was wowed as well.

"It was probably one of the best throws, in terms of velocity and carry and distance, in Major League Baseball," Granderson said. "He's got a great arm, and now everybody gets to see it."