Hatteberg said that despite hitting his historic 20-game winning streak-clinching walk-off homer for Oakland as a pinch hitter on September 4, 2002, it was a job he was not especially comfortable in. "I just wanted to get out of there," Hatteberg said. "It's a tough situation when you've got no choice but to go up there." In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three players have hit walk-off homers in their final at-bats: Jim Thome (July 4, 2001), Eric Davis (June 15, 1992), and Reggie Jackson (April 15, 1986).
Thome and Davis both had multiple opportunities to bat in the ninth inning before getting their shots. Jackson was hit by a pitch with two outs in the eighth before hitting his shot down the left-field line. All three players received ovations from their clubs' fans after their homers.
In 2007, Matt Murton hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double play ball off Mike Lowell during a 10-9 game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. However, Dustin Pedroia failed to execute a strong throw home, allowing Murton to score the winning run. After the game, it was revealed that Pedroia missed the tag because he assumed right fielder Trot Nixon would catch the ball.
He also hit his first career walk-off home run, a three-run home ball against the White Sox on August 28. Cano struck out Shane Victorino for the final out of the 2009 World Series on November 4. Cano was promoted to the fifth slot in the batting order following the departure of Hideki Matsui.
Cano's first walk-off homer came in Game 3 of the 2010 American League Championship Series against Texas. He drove in Alex Rodriguez with a two-out triple off Jered Weaver in the 12th inning of that game, which the Yankees won 9-8 to take a 2-1 series lead.
In Game 1 of the 2012 ALDS against Baltimore, Cano went 4-for-4 with a solo home run and four RBIs as the Yankees took a 3-0 lead over the Orioles. It was the first four-hit game of his major league career and the first time he had multiple hits in any game this season. The Yanks went on to win 5-3.
Cano has been one of the best hitters in baseball since coming over from Japan in 2007. He has four consecutive years with at least 30 homers and 90 RBIs, and three straight years with a.341 average. Cano is only 26 years old and has several more years of strong play ahead of him.
STORIES > Two nights later, on March 2, Selanne set a rookie record with a hat trick at home against the Quebec Nordiques, memorably hurling his glove into the air and firing at it with his stick in one of the most memorable NHL celebrations. The move became known as the "Minnesota Wave."
The record has since been broken three more times by players from two different teams. The last time this happened was October 27, 2010 when Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored three goals in a single game against the Montreal Canadians.
Selanne's first career hat trick came nearly two months to the day after he had been drafted by the Ducks at number nine overall. The Finnish Flash had been playing for the Winnipeg Jets at the time but was traded at the All-Star break for draft picks. He had five goals and six assists for 11 points in seven games before being traded. He played another season with the Jets before joining the Ducks as an unrestricted free agent in July 1999. During his first season with the Ducks, he won the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's top humanitarian player.
In 2001-2002, Selanne led the Ducks in scoring with 77 points (26G, 51A). He also won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's highest scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy for MVP.
Laich got his first career NHL hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens on February 10, shortly after returning from injury. During the playoffs, Laich scored the Capitals' final goal of the season in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. The goal was also Laich's 200th career point.
Brooks Laich became the third-youngest player in Washington D.C. history to score a hat trick when he did so at 19 years and 295 days old on February 10, 2013. He joined Alex Ovechkin (20 years, 304 days) and Wayne Gretsky (19 years, 359 days), all of whom did so during the 1984-85 season. The hat trick came just 12 minutes into his debut with the Capitals, and it also happened to be Ovechkin's birthday.
A native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Brooks Laich played junior hockey for the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League before making his way up through the Canadian amateur system. Undrafted by an NHL team, Laich signed with the Capitals as a free agent on July 1, 2009. He made the move over to America full time that same year and has been playing there ever since.
Brooks Laich is a forward for the Washington Capitals. He plays in the middle line up and wears number 61.