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.
You would think it would be pretty hard to strikeout four times in a 10-3 game when your team only bats in eight innings. Nope. And if I gave you one guess which Angel was capable of that, I assume you would say Brandon Wood. Wrong again. You're off to a poor start in this post. It was Jeff Mathis who donned the Sombrero. I don't blame you for not guessing Mathis, unless you are Mike Scioscia, you would never put Jeff Mathis in a major league lineup. Before I hammer on Mathis some more, Brandon Wood hit a grand slam, walked and struck out zero times. It was very confusing for me to watch.
Mathis, a career .204 hitter, doesn't actually strikeout that often. In fact, this is only his second major league Golden Sombrero. We should do something special. I know it's not new but everybody grab your margarita and let's watch that baby dance...
That baby probably gets so many more ladies than me. Oh well, at least I don't poop myself. Usually. Let's go to Mathis' strikeouts before I divulge anymore.
Bottom 3rd: Mathis struck out swinging against Jhoulys Chacin. Fun fact: Chacin's first name is pronounced "Bob."
Bottom 4th: Mathis struck out swinging against Chacin again. Mathis wasted no time to end the inning. Dude just loves to catch.
Bottom 6th: Mathis struck out swinging against Chacin. MTD Hat Trick. I need to learn how to build a glossary for this site because we make up a lot of stuff.
Bottom 8th: Mathis struck out looking against Franklin Morales. Brandon Wood hits a grand slam, I fall out of my chair.