A Rose of a Different Color

There was certainly no shortage of drama around the league yesterday, especially out West where there’s a real old fashion wild west shootout taking place. In a must game for the Dodgers it was Casey Blake, returning to the lineup for the first time in 5 games, making a huge impact with his bat. Yup, Casey at the Bat : )

Blake’s 2-3 day included a HR and 2 RBI with a couple of runs scored. While it was big for LA against their arch rivals up North… it’s not what makes you Yesterday’s Hitter. Close though.

A couple of guys you don’t hear much about made some noise at the plate yesterday, Kurt Suzuki and Maicer Izturis. Suzuki had a real nice line going with his 3-5 3R and 3RBI day that helped the bottom dwelling A’s ruin the Twins opportunity to gain ground on those slumbering Tigers.

A completely different view for Maicer, whose Angels sit atop the West by a healthy 5 1/2 games with but 22 to play. Maicer’s 3-4 day included 2 Ribs and a couple of runs as the Angels also helped out the slumbering cats by knocking off Chicago 7-1. If you’re Detroit you have to consider sending a bottle of wine out West ; )

Let’s bring on the real contenders:

Aramis Ramirez. Now this guy can swing a bat. His power numbers are not what we would expect at this time of the year, but he’s sporting a healthy .315 average and you can’t cry about that. Yesterday it was more of the same from Aramis as he posted a 3-3 performance and then added 3 RBIs and a couple of runs to his line. Very nice… but, not quite gonna do it.

Here’s a guy I really like alot. He’s a class act and he’s one of only 3 hitters to have posted at least 20 HRS every single year since the year 2000. Pretty good stuff huh? 


His numbers Yesterday were more like we’ve come to expect from Lance Berkman. He’s had a bit of a down year which is certainly why Houston is far from in it in ’09. But, for the second day in a row we had a Vin Scully line – Lance was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 Runs scored… and yes, he also had 2 walks. Vinny would be proud. But, not good enough Lance.

Now, here’s where we throw a wrench into this Yesterday’s Hitter thing. You see, there was this certain fellow that had himself a historic moment at the plate on one of the Nation’s brightest baseball stages. Yea… this guy:

Jeter passes Gehrig for Yankees hits record

Derek Jeter. What else can you say. He eclipsed the iconic Iron Horse with his 2,722 hit as a Yankee. Really good stuff huh? Yeh. Amazing feat for an amazing fellow. If only the Yanks hadn’t blown that 4-1 lead, Derek would probably be the guy. But.. he’s not.

It could go to Yorvit Torrealba who had himself a drama filled at-bat. One at-bat in fact. But it was the kind of at-bat that every kid who has ever dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues has had at least once…. 9th inning… 2 outs, your team is down by a run.. the bases are loaded.. 2 strikes on you.. .and oh, your team is locked in a knock down drag em out fight for the pennant.

Yorvit came through with flying colors smoking a rope into the left center gap and clearing the bases to give the Rockies a stunning victory and keep pace with LA in the West. Awesome stuff Yorvit! But.. believe it or not.. you’re not the guy. It’s this guy that takes the honors as Yesterday’s Hitter for 09/11 –

 Granted it was 09/11/85 .. but you can’t argue with the fact that this one eclipses all the others… This is really good stuff: At Riverfront Stadium in front of 47,237 hometown fans, Reds’ player-manager Pete Rose collected his 4,192nd career hit to pass Ty Cobb becoming the all-time major league hit leader with a first inning single to left field. Cincinnati beat San Diego, 2-0.



  1. TribeTed

    Love the picture at the end.

    great post again Buz,

    and like I said,

    “you just keep on getting better and better”

    You are beginning to become a household name here at mlblogs.com and I am proud of you. =)

    Jeter is definetely yesterday’s hitter,

    or at least one of them because he set the new Yanks

    record for all time hits.

    I congratulate him on that feat as he is going down as one of the greatest Yanks of all time.

    –Ted “TTW/T”

    9/11 memorable post:


  2. Buz

    Right you are Ted. He is going to be just as legendary as Lou and the Babe, Mick.. Joltin Joe and the rest of the Yankees from yesteryear. Unfortunately, he couldn’t be YH.. cuz the darn Yanks lost the game : (

  3. TribeTed


    As I said “great post.”

    love the ending.

    Brantley didn’t have a good night last night so he doesn’t deserve to be on here.

    Dang it!! He ended his 9-game hitting streak yesterday night as he was only up in the bigs nine days.

    What an amazing story was he!!

    You could’ve posted on that jk jk jk.

    Haha, I would’ve commented like 90 times on it!!

    =) New post up on being the “centerpiece” of all trades and prospects.

    –Ted “TTW/T”


  4. crazy19canuck

    I love the ending to this post…nice choice!
    I think Jeter is already among the best. Say what you will about the Yankees history and notable players – but in reality they are still making history. I feel that Jeet’s claim to fame will also be his personality and class. He makes the organization look good at every turn. I wish every team had a player as classy as Derek Jeter.

  5. Buz

    Jane – You make me chuckle.. side note here; I actually am a published author – clap clap! : ) And… I have a couple of screenplays done and another I’m working on. Thanks for the comments… you’re always the bomb!


    Tribester.. I know.. I was hoping on Brantley .. but he was an Ofer : (


    Ginny, Jeter’s far from done. You’re right on the mark with who he is. He’s a statue of class, without question.

  6. juliasrants

    Pete Rose – now does that bring back memories. Yes, I am “of the age” that I saw him play. The man was in a class by himself. The MLB is going to have to sort out his HOF status whether they like it or not. Thanks for the comments on Walter Dropo – I actually did not know a lot about him until I was researching that post.


  7. Buz

    Julia .. n Jenn.. unfortunately, we don’t choose that stuff. It’s a convoluted issue for sure. All we can do is celebrate and enjoy what we see (or have seen) on the playing field. In that arena, you just cannot argue with the greatness Rose brought to the game.

  8. crzblue2

    Haha, yeah we did not know who you going to choose.
    //we had a Vin Scully line – Lance was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 Runs scored… and yes, he also had 2 walks. Vinny would be proud. But, not good enough Lance. //
    Vinny sure loves to say that! Vin sure loves to say “Dueces wild.” When Manny hustled for a triple yesterday , Vinny mentioned Pete Rose and said “Manny with a belly *******.”

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