Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Brad Hawpe'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.

In honor of Brad Hawpe's first Golden Sombrero with the Rays, and it's a good one, I searched Youtube for an accurate depiction of his night at the plate using a pinata FAIL video. I think this sums it up.

Brad Hawpe swung just as wildly tonight but even when he made contact there was no candy. It was sad for everyone involved. Well, maybe not the pitchers. Hawpe went 0-0 with 4 strikeouts for a nice looking .000/.000/.000 line in the American League. Let's take a look at a whole lot of swinging and missing...

Bottom 2nd: Hawpe struck out swinging against Shaun Marcum. Hawpe took ball 1 befor swinging at the next 3 pitches.

Bottom 5th: Hawpe struck out swinging against Shaun Marcum. Only 2 swinging strikes at this at bat while he took 1 looking and a ball.

Bottom 7th: Hawpe struck out swinging against Shawn Camp. Again it was a looking strike and a ball and 2 swinging strikes. The man knows what he likes.

Bottom 8th: Hawpe struck out swinging against Camp.

It would take a lot more research but it appears that Hawpe struggles against pitchers with some form of the first name Shawn.

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