Late Night Fireworks

by Matthew Curtis
August 22, 2007 6:55 AM
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For those of you on the East Coast who go to bed at a reasonable hour and don't wait up for late baseball finals, Wednesday morning ESPN brought highlights of some historic doings in the LA Angels 18-9 (!) thrashing of the NY Yankees (who play particularly bad in Anaheim and have a losing record against the Halos in the Joe Torre era). Garret Anderson, the Angels' 34-year-old outfielder supposedly on the downside of a nice career, went 4 for 6 with 2 HRs and 2 doubles for a club-record total of 10 RBIs in the first six innings. Though it had been done 12 times before in MLB history (and coincidentally, 12 is the one game RBI record--accomplished twice in the NL), no one had ever achieved the feat against the Yankees.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle of remarkable accomplishments, Alex Rodriguez also hit 2 HRs (giving him 42) and drove in 3 runs (giving him 121 RBIs). This makes A-Rod the only other player in MLB history besides Babe Ruth with six seasons of 40+ homers and 120+ RBIs. And there's still six weeks left in the season! We may just be watching the greatest baseball player who ever lived.

--Matthew

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  • gabe | August 23, 2007 8:06 AMReply

    Not to be outdone by the Yankees, the Orioles squandered a 3-0 lead, surrendering 30(!) unanswered runs to the Texas Rangers--breaking a 115 year old record.

    Take that Yankees!