May 22, 2013
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it's safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has gone long in four straight games. He hit this one two innings after getting hit by Darvish.
Brewers 8, Padres 3: Ryan Braun hit three homers, one of which landed on the top deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. down the left-field line at Petco, which is a serious poke, especially for a night game in San Diego when it's around 60 degrees. He also socked a triple. Mercy.
Red Sox 11, Athletics 6: Darn. I thought Sunday's loss would send them off on some new, horrible, drama-filled losing streak but wouldn't you know it, the Red Sox bounce back and win their seventh of eight. Dammit, it looks like we need another narrative besides "the Red Sox are doomed!" Maybe Clay Buchholz still is, as he gave up six run on seven hits in six and two-thirds. But Tommy Milone had it worse.
Rays 3, Mariners 2: Tampa Bay rallied in the 11th and the 12th. Evan Longoria and Miguel Olivo each left the game early with injuries, but each of their replacements on defense -- Elliot Johnson and Jesus Montero -- had big hits.
Phillies 6, Cubs 4: A four-run first inning wasn't all the Phillies needed -- Placido Polanco broke a tie in the eighth with a two-run double -- but it was a good start. Vance Worley allowed one run over seven but didn't get the win thanks to a Chad Qualls give-up-a-tying-homer-and-then-hang-around-for-the-offense-to-pick-me-up vulture job.
Yankees 2, Orioles 1: Hiroki Kuroda outduels Jason Hammel. A 2:22 Yankees game. You don't see a ton of those.
Pirates 9, Braves 3: It's been a while since the Buccos' bats did anything decent, but they went off last night. Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each went yard. It was the first time all year that they had scored more than five in a game.
Astros 4, Mets 3: A Jed Lowrie RBI single broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth. The Astros used seven pitchers to get through this one even though their starter went six and two-thirds innings. That's not something you see every day.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 5: Patrick Corbin won his major league debut. Cody Ransom and Justin Upton hit two-run homers. The Marlins have lost eight of nine and the home crowds are booing. Or maybe they weren't booing. Maybe they were just saying "Boo-uehrle, Boo-uehrle ..."
Angels 4, Twins 3: Torii Hunter was 3 for 4 with a homer and three driven in. C.J. Wilson cruised into the eighth where he ran into a bit of trouble but still picked up his third win.
Rockies 6, Dodgers 2: Matt Kemp homered again -- that's 12 already -- but the Dodgers didn't do much more against Juan Nicasio, who scattered nine hits and allowed only two runs to the previously-hot Dodgers.
Royals vs. Tigers: POSTPONED: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring. Dull roots with spring rain. And Yuniesky. He was stirred too, I imagine.
Twenty years ago, one of baseball’s most impressive career milestones was achieved. It was a milestone that had never been reached before and has never been attained since.
On May 1, 1992, world-class base stealer Rickey Henderson led off for the A’s by doubling against Detroit and then immediately stealing third base. That swipe was No. 1,000 for Henderson. Yeah, that’s not bad.
This is an incredible achievement. Only three others even topped 850 steals, and two of those played before the lively ball era began. Only Lou Brock has even approached 1,000 steals, and he came fairly well short, with 938.
Henderson? Not only did he get to 1,000, but he blew past it. He ended his career with 1,406 steals. If he’d had just one more, he’d have exactly 50 percent more than runner-up Lou Brock.
As for 1,000 steals itself, in the last 20 years only two guys have even topped the 600 stolen base marker, Kenny Lofton and Otis Nixon. Neither made it to 700, let alone 1,000. Among active players, only Juan Pierre is over 500.
Some achievements get more attention; 500 homers, 300 wins, 3,000 hits come to mind. But those are far easier to attain than 1,000 steals. Actually, that’s one reason they get more attention. A one-man club like 1,000 steals isn’t much of a club. It’s Henderson’s exclusive domain.
And he first made it to that domain 20 years ago today.
Aside from that, many other events celebrate their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something happening X-thousand days ago) today. Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d prefer to just skim the lists.
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