- 1908 – Future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson pitched his third consecutive shutout in four days, a 4-0, two-hitter over the New York Highlanders. Alright Yankees fans, we’ll let this one slide by. ONCE!
- 1952 – Johnny Mize hits a pinch-hit grand slam to give the Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington. He has now homered in each one of the fifteen Major League parks. Man!Was Washington ever good at this?
- 1953 – Roy Campanella sets the Major League record for RBI by a catcher when he smacks a three-run home run in a 6-3 Dodgers’ win over the Phils. Campy’s 125 breaks Yogi Berra’s Major League record of 124 set in 1950. Poor, Yogi. First Robinson is called safe at home, now this. At least he has a future career as a successful Yankees’ Manager…What? No?
- 1955 – Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his second consecutive one-hitter, beating the A’s 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a two-out single in the seventh for the Nats’ only hit. Afterwards, the Yanks hit the Open Bar. I frankly lost count of the hits from there.
- 1978 – The Yankees, four games behind the Red Sox in the American League East, arrive in Boston for a crucial four-game series. The Yanks begin the “Boston Massacre” with a 15-3 rout. Shhh…Do you hear that sound? It’s Boston choking.
- 1998 – Ken Griffey, Jr. homered twice against Baltimore, giving baseball three 50-homer players in a season for the first time. Jr. joined Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players to hit fifty or more in consecutive seasons. The Babe is psyched to finally welcome someone who deserves to be there.
- 1998 – Mark McGwire, who had become the third player in history to reach 60 home runs, hits his record-tying 61st against Cubs pitcher Mike Morgan. Yankees fans collectively cringe but ultimately get the last laugh ten years later.
Mark McGwire is defending himself by saying that steroids never helped him to hit homeruns. He apparently only used them to heal quicker from injuries. I’m sorry, but anyone who has taken High School health knows that the sole purpose of taking steroids is to heal quicker from injury (allowing you to work harder, bulk up quicker, etc.). Who can blame Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk for calling McGwire’s defense a crock? “Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years,” Fisk responded. “Do you think you feel good when you go out there? [McGwire] had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuuse me.” (ESPN.com) Fisk might be a cranky catcher, but what catcher isn’t? Regardless, he has a point. McGwire was never prolific in the field on or off steroids. What injuries, other than the intense fear old age and the premature end of a lackluster career, was he facing?
On a brighter note, congratulations are in order for Andre Dawson and his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He doesn’t have the magic numbers of past inductees, but with ballots approaching with names such as Palmeiro, Clemens and Bonds on them, do those numbers hold credence anyway?
For me, there was a beauty in Baseball’s black and white quality. You win or you lose. You’re good or you’re not. It was escapism from the uncertainties of life. You always knew where you stood. Apparently though, I was wrong. What can you trust?
Speaking of perspectives, Baseball is only a game. I would be remiss to not mention that our thoughts are with the real tragedy in Haiti. Please check out MLB.com for ways in which you can help.
The following is my Vlog on the news that Mark McGwire finally came out, admitting to steriods use from 1988 through his fammed Home Run race. I’m not going to lie. Like most folks, this admission is nothing to stop the presses about. However, looking back at the obnoxious and “holier than thou” way in which he took Canseco task, now makes him look out right pathetic.
History is going to look at Bonds in a more favorable light than McGwire. Bonds was an aweseome player who was forced to cheat in order to keep up with the game. McGwire was, and always will be, the D student who stole the answer key from the teacher.