Pictured to the left here, Miguel Batista threw not a round, spherical ball to Magglio Ordoñez, but rather a whitened potato. Legend has it that potatoes will not travel over 410 feet when struck by a wooden bat, nor are regulation baseballs. It was this cunning strategy that the Seattle Mariners’ Batista utilized when Tilde Of The Mountains launched a double to center field, eventually scoring on a hit by … oh, for the sake of simplicity, let’s say Pudge Rodriguez.
In the 6-1 win over the Mariners, Curtis Granderson also reached the elusive and thereby not stationary 20-20-20 mark, the sixth baseball-type-person to accomplish the feat since 1900. That means this season he has 20 home runs, 20 triples, 20 doubles, and 20 strikeouts with runners in scoring position1. Not anyone can hit 20, 20, and 20. He joins the ranks of the immortal Jeff Heath, Jim Bottomley, and Frank Schulte.
Ordoñez has always been in his own 20-20-20 club. Those are the height, width, and length of his sultry afro, measured not in inches or centimetres, but in Maggliotrons.
TBT Daily Line: 2-for-3, single, double, walk, run, RBI
TBT Numbers YTD: .354, 26 HR, 121 RBI, 46 doubles
Also: Ichiro went 0-for-4 in the game, increasing Tilde’s lead in the batting average race to five-hundredths.
(Why, yes, Paul Sancya of the Associated Press took that photo. How did you know?)
1 – Guesstimate. Not verified.