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.
I didn't have to wait long for the first Golden Sombrero of the second half thanks to Jason Kubel. The Summer of Strikeouts continues! Kubel had a breakout/anomaly season last year hitting 28 home runs and .300/.369/.539. Kubel has taken a step back to his more normal .263/.343/.438 slash line this season. He went 1-5 last night with 4 strikeouts. This just happens to be Kubel's first career Golden Sombrero, so I think I owe him something special for his first time. I blended up some margaritas and now it's time for, wait for it, pinata bloopers...
My favorite was the girl that just kept hitting the wall with the broom. Now that we all had some laughs together, let's see how Kubel achieved hat history...
Bottom 2nd: Kubel stuck out swinging against John Danks. To Kubel's credit, he did single earlier in the 2nd inning. So 1-2 isn't so bad. It would not get that good again.
Bottom 5th: Kubel struck out swinging against Danks. He took ball 1 before it all fell apart over the next 3 pitches.
Bottom 7th: Kubel struck out swinging against Matt Thornton.
Bottom 9th: Kubel struck out swinging against Bobby Jenks.
Everybody has one of those days. Mine came in the summer of 1993. Jeff Young really had his stuff that day. His rising Wiffle Ball was unhittable and his off speed stuff was ridiculous. Even with my Wiffle ball bat filled with sand, I struck out swinging 4 times. See Jason, it happens to the best of us.