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Holy crappy shit!
Excuse the language, but I doubt there's many toddlers dropping by and this game deserves at least a mention.
The hapless Kansas City Royals went out and dropped 26 on the Tigers today. This is the same team that had scored the fewest runs in the AL, before today obviously.
26 runs! Its the most ever in Royals history, though I'm pretty sure that doesn't include the Kansas City A's. What's really impressive (or depressing) is that 26 runs is consequently the most EVER allowed by the Tigers franchise, which was one of the original AL teams way back in 1900.
The Royals had 13 consecutive men reach base in the third, when they scored 11 runs and almost batted around TWICE. Thats insane.
Its not like the Royals did it all on home runs either, they only hit one. For the game the Royals had an on-base percentage of .567 and a slugging percentage of .692. Wow. This year Barry Bonds has an OBP of .611 and a SLG% of .830. So now you know what a team would do if they had 9 Barry Bonds's in the lineup. They would score MORE than 26 runs a game. CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT WHO WILL WIN THE NL MVP AWARD????? PLEASE?????
Lino Urdaneta made his major league debut today for Detroit. What a debut. He faced 6 batters, gave up 5 hits and a walk, retired nobody. Five earned runs in 0 IP. Welcome to the bigs kid. Hows that ERA of infinity treating you?
I feel for him, I once had an ERA of infinity (anyone know the HTML tag for a sideways 8?). I was 15, playing on a team with all 18+ kids, way over my head. They brought me in. I walked the first guy. The next batter is this monster from Lowell, MA; big gigantic Kevin Mench sized head, full beard and everything (I was 15, it was intimidating at the time). He rips one that was still going up as it whistled through a tree growing beyond the left field fence. It took off branches on the way by and cleared some train tracks and probablly several blocks on the other side as well. People still talk about it. Nobody saw it come down. Heck, I was amazed. And I was laughing too, actually the two of us shared a special moment there laughing at how much he just embarrassed me. That also inspired my coach to pull me and I never got in another game to pitch, finishing up the summer league with an ERA of infinity. But back to my new boy Lino, welcome to the big leagues, the worst team in the league just torched your ass.
Not his fault really. Only the Tigers would bring up a 24 year old reliever who has never even had a good minor league season and had a 9.69 ERA at AAA this year. Give em the ball Trammell. I mean, AAA guys torched him, maybe he'd do okay in the majors. The Tigers have to be feeling like a rented mule right now. Wait, nope, they just returned the favor and stomped the Royals 8-0 in the second game of the double header. Somehow it doesn't have the same feel to it though.
The Red Sox have taken a temporary back seat tonight. Im now off to watch the Patriots start their undefeated campaign towards a 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years. Let the dynasty talk begin.
Oh, and if by some miracle you are a big-headed, bearded monster from Lowell, who destroyed some tree limbs, and laughed at a scrawny little kid as you rounded the bases, and you happen to be reading this, you can keep telling your kids the story, because even 10 years later, people are still talking about that home run.