Thursday, September 27, 2012

12 Years Ago Tonight: Mike Neill Wins Gold In Baseball

Yes, baseball was an Olympic sport, and no, the US did not dominate it. Cuba did, because Major League Baseball didn't release their players to play in the games, which probably led to the failure of the sport. The US did beat Cuba once, in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a team that included the heroics of Villanova alum Mike Neill, who hit two home runs in the tournament, including one in the clinching game and made a fantastic diving catch to make the 27th and final out of the same game (below). Neill's gold medal was the most recent won by a Villanova alumni.

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