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.
With all the strikeouts Stephen Strasburg has been racking up, the other face of the Nationals decided to get in on the act today. Ryan Zimmerman picked up a Golden Sombrero after striking out four times against the White Sox. This will probably be the only Sombrero I will get to hand out to the 25-year-old All Star third baseman this year so we'll have to make it special. While Zimmerman averages about 120 strikeouts over a full season, this is only his fourth career Golden Sombrero. He had one in each of 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In honor of Zimmerman's rare Sombrero, I've blended up some margaritas and put out the chips and salsa. Now let's all gather around and watch some pinata bloopers!
If you don't enjoy that, we can't be friends. Let's see how Zimmerman won that shiny, shiny hat.
Bottom 1st: Zimmerman struck out swinging against Jake Peavy. Remember when Jake Peavy was good? So did he today.
Bottom 3rd: Zimmerman struck out looking against Peavy. Maybe Peavy is just good against the National League.
Bottom 6th: Zimmerman struck out looking against Peavy. 3 pitches. Perhaps Peavy is just good against Ryan Zimmerman.
Bottom 9th: Zimmerman struck out looking against Peavy. 3 pitches. Oh okay, Peavy just owns Zimmerman. This is also an MTD Hat Trick (striking out 3 times, the same way, against the same pitcher). I haven't come up with a name for when a pitcher strikes out a batter 4 times in one game. I'm open to suggestions though. Comments?