Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Koyie Hill'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.

Koyie Hill, where should we start? I never thought I'd get to award him with a Golden Sombrero because I never thought he was going to get the necessary 4 plate appearances in a single game. But Sweet Lou, who has nothing left to play for, is just going through the motions and stuck Hill behind the plate long enough to strikeout 4 times today. Thanks Lou, I'm sending you a big basket of retirement bran muffins.

Hill went 0-4 with the 4 strikeouts while managing to only see 16 pitches. I simply adore that kind of performance. He's now hitting .204/.242/.269 for the season. Only Brandon Wood is impressed by that slash line. Let's break out the Costco tequila and take a shot every time Hill struck out swinging...

Bottom 2nd: Hill struck out looking against Brett Myers.

Bottom 4th: Hill struck out swinging against Myers. Phew, that took for ever. I never thought we were going to take shots of cheap tequila. Drink up and click on some ads so we can afford Patron.

Bottom 6th: Hill struck out swinging against Myers again. In 2008, Koyie Hill had a -40 OPS+ for the Cubs. But in the winter of 2008, he had 4 OPS+ in my backyard Atlanta Wiffle Ball league. His defensive metrics held him back because I subtracted 130 points of OPS+ for his passed ball that allowed Derwood to reach first after I struck him out.

Bottom 9th: Hill struck out swinging against Matt Lindstrom. He did bunt foul twice before going down swinging so, um, that's something?

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