Shot Of The Night is Off Base Percentage's toast to a player who had an exceptionally good or bad night. There's always a reason to drink.
Tonight's shot of the night is a SoCo Giant: 1/2 Southern Comfort® peach liqueur, 1/2 Red Bull® energy drink, splash of soda. Splash of soda? You can check your purse at the door, thank you. Real baseball is back after Bud Selig's little National League-American League play date. If you didn't pay attention because you had ESPY fever, the NL totally wet-willied the AL this year. The first time since George Costanza was in charge of Steinbrenner's calzones. I think. Anyway, the shot of the night is in honor of Tim Lincecum.
The reigning, repeat NL Cy Young award winner threw a complete game shutout. He gave up 6 hits and a walk while striking out 5. The Johnson, Jimenez, Halladay trio are quite formidable but I have a hard time counting Tim out for the Cy Young. Carlos Beltran returned for the Mets and went 1-4. He's now hitting .250/.250/.250 for the season. I figured that was a sign and put $20 on 250 at the roulette table at the Treasure Chest and lost. Apparently roulette doesn't go to 250 and I was betting on a square of carpet.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Howard
Howard went 3-5 with 2 home runs and 2 strikeouts. The Phillies still got rocked by the Cubs 12-6. This would never happen if Chase Utley wasn't hurt. And Chase Utley wouldn't be hurt if more people voted for him for MVP. I have an entire thesis based on that. Unfortunately, Dave Cameron doesn't respond to my emails.