Jonathan Cheshire stepped out onto the mound last Monday night with the fans cheering and the excitement building inside Blue Wahoos Stadium.
It was the ninth inning. Pensacola led the Jackson Generals 4-2 in a must-win game to keep its Southern League playoff hopes alive. Cheshire was in the game to close it out.
He did his job, and because he first entered the game with two outs in the eighth and the score tied, Cheshire came away with his first win instead of his sixth save.
These are the moments pitchers live for.
“It’s not just a regular game,” Cheshire said. “You are playing for something. It means more.”
This game, really, this opportunity to even be in a situation where he’s playing baseball for the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, is huge for someone who knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in.
Cheshire was playing independent baseball in the Atlantic League earlier this summer. The Blue Wahoos are his fifth team this season.
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