The Baseball Desert

Monday, August 09, 2004

Long ball, short change

One of the beauties of watching baseball is that, no matter how many games you watch and no matter what kind of an insight you think that gives you on the sport, there will always be days when you don't know nothin'...

A case in point was last night's Red Sox / Tigers game, which saw the Tigers hit seven home runs and still lose the game. Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield had the dubious distinction of being the first Major League pitcher since 1940 to give up six home runs in a game, and the first pitcher to do so and win the game since the fabulously-named Sloppy Thurston did it for the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 13th 1932.