Friday, June 17, 2011

Jeff Francoeur'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, 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.

Jeff Francoeur is on his way to the best season of his career since 2007 when he seemed to be a pretty good player. But he never figured out how to walk more than 6% of the time while striking out every 5 plate appearances. Despite that though, this is Frenchy's first golden sombrero with the Royals which shouldn't be a surprise if you knew the Royals routinely finish in the bottom 5 of team strike outs.

But last night, Francoeur couldn't help swinging and missing and for that, I thank him...

Top 1st: Francoeur struck out swinging against Gio Gonzalez. 3 pitches, all swinging. That's how I imagine I would strike out against a major league pitcher. Except my eyes would be closed and I'd be standing 8 feet or so away from the plate.

Top 3rd: Francoeur struck out swinging against Gonzalez. He worked a full count but dude just loves to swing.

Top 7th: Francoeur struck out swinging against Joey Devine. Hey look, former Braves teammates.

Top 9th: Francoeur struck out swinging against Grant Balfour. Yep, he wasn't even close to striking out looking.

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