A golden sombrero is awarded to a player who manages to strike out four times in a single game (real golden sombrero not included). It's quite the feat unless you're Ryan Howard or Mark Reynolds. Unfortunately, cycles and no-hitters are all the rage nowadays. Not for me, though. I will pour over the box scores to bring you the finest at swinging and missing.
It's been busy for me today as I'm about to hand out my third sombrero. During the 14 inning strikeout fest between the Blue Jays and Yankees, I handed out a Golden Sombrero to Adam Lind and a Platinum Sombrero (or Olympic Rings) to Mark Teixeira. Usually, that would satiate my appetite for poor hitting but I had a feeling about today. In fact, I put Gabe Gross on notice...
I'd like to believe he saw that on his iPhone in the on deck circle right before he led off the 9th inning. I wonder what happened next. Let's find out in the recap.
Bottom 2nd: Gross struck out swinging against Fransisco Liriano. Bonus points are added because I own Liriano on my fantasy team.
Bottom 4th: Gross struck out swinging against Liriano again. I get a tingle up my spine.
Bottom 7th: Gross struck out for the third time swinging against Liriano. This is a true strikeout hat trick according to MTD. That's striking out three times, the same way, against the same pitcher. I really hope someone else didn't already claim that.
Bottom 9th: Gross struck out looking against Jon Rauch.
So there you go, the suspense is over. Gross got the Golden Sombrero. Although, you probably got that from the title of the post. I'm not much of a story teller. Let's go get tacos.