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.
Listen, I love my little strike out segment here but 4 Golden Sombreros in one day? What are MLB hitters doing this season, aside from not hitting the ball? I hope you guys will be patient as these posts trickle in over the next day or so. I tackled Koyie Hill's masterpiece yesterday so Adrian Gonzalez is the first up today.
I like Adrian Gonzalez and I will continue to do so until he is inevitably traded to the Red Sox. Then I will hate him because that's how I roll. But Gonzalez had an unusual night yesterday when he went 0-6 with 4 strikeouts. He also only saw 17 pitches because, I assume, he was in a hurry to get home in time to watch Top Chef. Let's break out this tequila and duck amuse bouche I made in the Quick Fire Challenge and see why Gonzalez struck out so much.
Top 1st: Gonzalez struck out swinging against Tommy Hanson. By the way, I covered Tommy Hanson's MLB debut here and here. I'm not so good at the reporting.
Top 5th: Gonzalez struck out swinging against Tommy Hanson again.
Top 7th: Gonzalez struck out swinging against Jonny Venters. You might remember Venters as the guy who rented you The Scout at Blockbuster last week. And I hate to break it to you but you have terrible taste in baseball movies.
Top 11th: Gonzalez struck out swinging against Takashi Saito.