Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mike Napoli'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.

When it rains, it pours. I went five whole days without handing out a sombrero and tonight I get to distribute two. Donkey rides for everybody! I meant that in the cleanest way possible by the way. My first giant hat wearing buddy tonight was Jason Heyward. The second hat, unfortunately, goes out to a member of my Angels. Mike Napoli is going to hit for some power and swing and miss a bunch. Which one did he do tonight? Hmm, if you read the title of this post, this next part won't be too suspenseful.

Top 2nd: Napoli struck out swinging against Chad Billingsley. Three pitches. He watched the first two.

Top 5th: Napoli struck out swinging against Billingsley again.

Top 7th: Napoli struck out swinging against Ramon Troncoso. He took a ball in this at bat. I assume something shiny in the crowd distracted him.

Top 9th: Napoli struck out looking against Justin Miller. Hey, can't blame him for trying something new.

The Angels crushed the Dodgers 10-1 so Napoli's 0-5 night didn't hurt them. It does have to be a little concerning that he managed to go 0-5 with 4 strikeouts while only seeing 15 pitches. Go read that last sentence again. I'm now going to create a tag called "no patience for patience." Thank you and goodnight. Tip your servers, they're people too.

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