Josh Donaldson’s walk-off grand slam lifts ailing uncle

Josh Donaldson’s heroics on Wednesday night had some extra meaning, with a special fan watching from afar. 

After hitting a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning to lift the Yankees to an 8-7 win over the Rays, Donaldson revealed in an on-field interview with YES Network that his Uncle Bill had recently suffered a heart attack. Donaldson looked into the camera and told his uncle that he loved him and was praying for him. 

On Thursday, Donaldson’s uncle called the Yankees third baseman and told him he was watching the wild win. 

“That was exciting to hear that he was able to watch,” Donaldson said. 

Yankees DH Josh Donaldson hits a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning of a win over the Rays.
Yankees DH Josh Donaldson hits a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning of a win over the R ays.
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“It seems like he’s turning a corner for the better. It’s a pretty tough situation when you’re dealing with that. But I know he’s been checking in on the games and gets some excitement from that, so it was nice to be able to do that and for him to be able to watch, going through a tough time, hope[fully] pick him up as well.” 

The walk-off grand slam was the 10th in Yankees history and the third “ultimate” grand slam — a walk-off with the club trailing by three runs — joining Babe Ruth and Jason Giambi. 


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