May 11, 2005


Cantu delivers, with love (MARC TOPKIN, May 11, 2005, St. Petersburg Times)

At Tropicana Field on Tuesday night, a son celebrated.

Jorge Cantu's ninth-inning home run gave the Devil Rays a thrilling 7-6 walkoff win over the best-in-baseball White Sox, and he basked in the moment.

In Reynosa, Mexico, a mother cried.

Adriana Cantu had already gotten two calls Tuesday from her son and gifts of flowers and chocolates to celebrate Dia de las Madres - Mexican Mother's Day - when he called back a third time with a promise he had never made to anyone: to hit a home run for her.

"I'm so very happy," Adriana said late Tuesday night from Mexico. "I'm so very proud of my son. I love him so much. I miss him so much. I've been crying a lot."

Adriana watched the game at the family home on DirecTV, then went out to a relative's restaurant, La Pasta, to celebrate, the gathering so noisy she had to step outside to use her cell phone.

Even as the game went back and forth, the Rays twice rallying to tie, Adriana waited patiently for her son to deliver. His two-out single in the seventh made it 6-6, but he saved the best for last, driving a one-out 1-and-0 pitch from reliever Shingo Takatsu into the leftfield seats.

"I've always had faith in him," Adriana said.

All The Wife got was a garden gnome...

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2005 9:12 AM

Nice story, Orrin. But I thought you'd be revved about Millar's home run.

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 11, 2005 9:30 AM

Wasn't knucklehead Mother's Day.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2005 9:34 AM

Dang! With your interest in food, thought you were linking to an article about this Cantu.

Posted by: Rick T. at May 11, 2005 9:53 AM

Millar's making $3,500,000 this year. Where do I go to get my head knuckled?

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 11, 2005 4:05 PM

All The Wife got was a garden gnome

You could have promised her that Cantu would get a homerun.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 11, 2005 4:06 PM

This is ridiculous. Varitek just got a walk-off.

Posted by: Casey Abell at May 11, 2005 4:18 PM
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