Joe Panik Makes Crucial Diving Play in Game 7 of the World Series

The first overturned play in World Series history was started by a Hudson Valley native


The Hudson Valley represented itself well in the world of baseball last night when Yonkers native and John Jay Hopewell Junction Alum Joe Panik played a huge role in the San Francisco Giants’ World Series game 7 win.

Panik, who was born in Yonkers, dove to snag a grounder up the middle and glove-flipped it to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who made a stellar throw to first en route to a double play. On top of starting the play of the game in a World Series game 7, Panik also started the first replay-overturned play in World Series history. It’s only fitting that the day after he wins the championship in his rookie season is his birthday.

It was the Giants’ third World Series in five years.

Looks like someone’s birthday wish came true. Congrats — and happy birthday — Joe! 

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