Friday, June 11, 2010

Jason Heyward's Golden Sombrero

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 only been five days since the last golden sombrero but it felt like a lifetime for me. Plenty of players have had three strikeout games in that time period and I feel confident that this will be the Summer of the Sombrero. Which is good because I just spent a lot of money on Off Base Percentage sombreros and, for some reason, a goat wearing a hat.

[thanks Blasphemous Bicycler]

Where were we? Oh right, Jason Heyward came through for me tonight and racked up four strikeouts. Heyward had a platinum sombrero just last Saturday in a nine inning game. He's quickly becoming one of my favorite players. Let's see what he was up to tonight...

Top 1st: Heyward struck out swinging against Francisco Liriano. Liriano also helped deliver Gabe Gross' golden sombrero on Sunday. Guess who's becoming my favorite pitcher?

Top 3rd: Heyward struck out swinging against Liriano again.

Top 6th: Heyward struck out swinging against Liriano for the MTD hat trick (striking out 3 times, the same way, against the same pitcher). I send Liriano a basket of muffins.

Top 9th: Heyward struck out swinging against Jon Rauch.

That's a lot of swinging and missing for one night, kid. If Heyward keeps this up, he might have some real competition for the ROY with that Strasburg guy. Or if Heyward keeps this up, he could be Off Base Perentage's Golden Sombrero Player Of The Year. And I think we all know which he'd prefer. Our trophy is made out of cheese!

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