A pretty dismal attempt at fame for Yesterday’s Hitters : ) Ah, ok.. a short slate makes it a littler slimmer pickings. No worries though, there were some nice performances at the plate so lets take a look at them.
First off, Kudos to the Rockies on their 7th straight win. The pressure is on Torre and the Dodgers to finish what they started. Although there were no numbers that jump at you, had you been watching the game you’d know that Jason Giambi… yup Jason is loose again… rocked a ball over the rook centerfielders head for a couple of big RBIs in what was a close game. Uh, Game Over. Rocks Win.
Howie Kendrick made a run at YH with his 3 for 3 performance…but, a little skimpy on the production there Howie. One run might do it, but not Yesterday.
How about the line that Yuniesky Betancourt put up for the KC Royals: 2 for 2 with 2 Ribs, 2 Runs and 2 walks to Boot. It’s almost like the old Vin Scully line – “2 Balls, 2 Strikes, 2 on, 2 out, in a 2-2 tie! Oh my!”. Speaking of Oh My.. KC sweeps Detroit? Lucky for the Tigers that the Twinkies were cold bats (Mauer 0-4).
I really like Brian McCann.
He has a sweet swing and seems to have his eye probs behind him. He was a 4 for 5 performer yesterday with 2 Runs scored and 2 RBI. Sad to see that the Braves are likely out of a post season appearance this year. 8 games back with a couple dozen to play.. not good.
I almost tagged Nick Johnson for the YH winner. He had a pretty big day for the Marlins who are still fighting for that playoff birth. They’ve got a slim chance if they keep on this W streak. Nick was a solid 2 for 4 Yesterday. He rapped a big dinger and had 4 RBIs on the day. Very nice job Nick. But, sad to say.. .you’ve been topped by a Rook. Not just any Rook. But a Rook making his Major League Debut! Nationals Shortstop – Ian Desmond!
How about this entry into the Majors? Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs in his major league debut and the Nationals won 8-7! You think this kid might have an impact in the Nations capitol? It would be nice to see something good happen there : ) Oh, back to Desmond. He has a very nice swing. He picked up his first ML hit in the 4th when he roped a liner to Right Center. But, what impressed me most was how he jumped (and I do me jump!) on a curve ball offering to park a 3 run Bomb into the left field bleachers. Don’t believe me on the jump? Take a look for yourself. Does this kid rotate or what? Click Here!
Much like the team in the Bronx, this team from the Busch is just as much of a powerhouse. Just as much of a machine. They won for the 10th time in the last 12 games stretching their lead to 11 1/2 in the NL Central. Ryan Ludwick was a masterful 5 for 5 at the plate on Friday. Every ball he hit was right on the sweet spot. He roped two doubles to left. He also knocked in 5 RBIs while hitting HRs #19 and 20 and bringing his RBI total to 86 for the season. You know, looking at this picture brings back memories of another powerful hitter from St. Louis. This pose is very much like that of Mark McGwire! Watch Ryan’s powerful outburst by clicking Here!
Honorable Mention: Bengie Molina (He did it again!), Jason Giambi (He did it again!)
Oh My.. September, September.. it’s just a bit cooler in the air but NOT on the field OR in the clubhouse. The tensions are rising (just ask the Marlins), the passion is brewing, the job of hitting is getting harder. Suddenly the games are not nearly as fun as they are ferociously played, with each pitch. And so, the task of choosing Yesterday’s Hitter becomes that much more convoluted. I have a set criteria, sure.. but late in the season the dynamics of a Hitter’s role change.
Enter Jason Giambi. It’s been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest task in sports. Try upping the ante to Jason Giambi’s situation; a new team, called on to pinch hit in the 8th inning of a tie game, bases loaded… and oh yeah, you’re in the middle of a Wild Card race. What did Jason do? Stroked a perfect, game winning 2 RBI single to center field is all. Watch Here!
Honorable Mention; Pat Burrell, Evan Longoria, Wes Helms, A-Rod, Johnny Damon