Monday, April 11, 2011

Willie Harris' 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, 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.

MTD was last seen wandering around New Orleans looking for the perfect piece of asparagus, so I'm here to talk about baseball players striking out a lot.

Willie Harris has been a role player in his 11 seasons in the big leagues, compiling a 4.0 WAR and never getting above league average in OPS+ heading into 2011. But so far this season he's been a valuable Nat, the first-ever. (Get it, a bug joke? No?) Anyway, Harris came into Sunday's game with an OPS+ above 130 and an on-base percentage above .355. But the final game of a three-game set with the Metropolitans didn't go well for Williams Charles Harris. Let's take a look at the carnage.

Bottom 1st: Harris strikes out swinging against Jason Marquis, though Jose Reyes did move up to second on a passed ball. The Mets are a special case, though, and that actually counts for a win in the standings.

Bottom 2nd: Harris was caught looking by Marquis, and set a pace to strike out nine times in the game, which would've made MTD break out into a new dance called The Utley™.

Bottom 7th: Harris was caught looking by Chad Gaudin, which is a $50 fine in several of Canada's provinces, including Nova Scotia!

Bottom 10th: In a tie game, Willard tried to bunt Jose Reyes to second with no one out, fouled it off, then struck out swinging against Drew Storen. The moral of the story is: bunting is stupid.

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