Jason Stark is one of my favorite ESPN sportswriters. I admit I’ve been getting a little bit excited about baseball. Yes, I know–even in spite of my rant in favor of minor league ball and second tier college athletics.
I was actually hoping to catch the Rockies-Padres tiebreaker Monday night. I checked the usual channels–nothing*. ESPN radio was doing MNF. Brady to Moss: yawn. So I followed the last few innings by diagram on the internet. That was pretty cool. I didn’t know they tracked pitch location for you. If I had audio with that, I might give up the tube.
Stark’s 2007 season summary is neat, and my favorite part was the “Mathematical impossibility division.” Read it:
• Oakland’s Kiko Calero, July 12 in Minnesota: 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 pitch.
How’d that happen? How does a guy throw one pitch, give up a hit and still pitch 2/3 of an inning? Simple. Torii Hunter singled into a double play. That’s how. Justin Morneau got thrown out trying to go from first to third. Then Hunter got nailed trying to make it to second on the throw.
• Philadelphia’s Antonio Alfonseca, July 29 in Pittsburgh: 1 K, 1 pitch.
How’d that happen? Yeah, it’s still three strikes, and you’re out, even in Pittsburgh. But Alfonseca had to come in after an injury to reliever Ryan Madson, whereupon he inherited a 1-2 count and struck out Jason Bay with the next pitch.
• Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, July 29 in Arizona: 1 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 5 RBIs, 0 HR, 0 BB. How’d that happen?
How does a guy accumulate five RBIs in a 1-for-1 day without a walk or a homer? He thumps a three-run double and two sacrifice flies. How else? It’s the first 1-0-1-5 line of the past half-century, in case you were curious.
Just when I was getting excited about the Royals this summer, they turn up a stinker of a September. Ah well: nothing like the home team to douse one’s interest.
* I caught post-game on TBS. I thought they only did the Braves. How the heck did they get the mlb playoffs?