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, no-hitters and Brian Wilson's beard 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 can't believe I had to wait until the third day [Ed. - My bad, I missed Ryan Langerhans' GS last night *makes drinking motion*] of the season for the first Golden Sombrero. Oh, we've been close and it looks like I'll have another busy year tracking all of them down. Luckily for me and you, I have a partner in crime this season. My good friend Mike at (what else?) The Golden Sombrero shares my passion for swinging and missing. Good times ahead.
Shin-Soo Choo gets the dubious honor of the first Golden Sombrero of the young 2011 season. He had one on 9/29 last season but didn't get the full Off Base treatment so I feel like we should do something special for him today. Let's break out an old classic, pinata bloopers...
I could watch that all day. But we have some business to attend.
Bottom 2nd: Choo struck out swinging against Edwin Jackson. Choo drew a walk in the first but quickly decided that was boring.
Bottom 5th: Choo struck out swinging against Jackson again. But he did it in an impressive fashion. Three pitches: one looking, one fouled off and then one swinging. Nice.
Bottom 7th: Choo struck out swinging against Chris Sale. Again, it only took three pitches.
Bottom 9th: Choo struck out looking against Sergio Santos. Just three pitches. Choo, master of efficiency.