A superstar is born: Juan Soto’s 2019 postseason

To watch Juan Soto do his thing on a baseball field in October is to witness a rising superstar having the time of his life on the post-season stage. And then you realize: This guy wasn’t even old enough to drink the victory champagne in the clubhouse after each of the three clinching wins that finally brought the Washington Nationals to the World Series.  Yes, the new face of the Nats turned only 21 on Oct. 25, 2019, smack in the middle of a dramatic World Series against the Astros. And he has plenty to celebrate besides becoming an official

By |October 4th, 2022|History, Story|

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Andres Galarraga blasts 3 HR in 3 straight innings in 1995

By Robert Dominguez At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Andres Galarraga was an imposing figure on the diamond known as “The Big Cat” for his unexpected quickness and agility at first base.  But as good as he was with the glove, the Big Cat also swung a big bat. He was a lifetime .288 hitter over 19 seasons, smashing 399 homers and averaging 102 RBI a year.  A five-time All-Star, Galarraga played for six teams, including eight seasons with the Montreal Expos before signing with the expansion Colorado Rockies as a free agent in 1993, when he won his only batting

By |October 3rd, 2022|History, News, Videos|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL September 15: Yasiel Puig’s 3 HR, 7 RBI game

Whether it’s showboating, bat-licking or simply antagonizing the opposition, Yasiel Puig has been a polarizing player ever since he came from Cuba to the Dodgers in 2013. But love him or loathe him, there’s never been any question he could hit, and on this day in béisbol, Sept. 15, 2018, Puig showed what kind of force he could be down the pennant stretch. In a crucial game against the Cardinals, he banged out three home runs — a solo shot in the fourth inning, a three-run dinger in the fifth and another in the eighth — to power a 17-4

By |September 14th, 2022|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL September 13: Mariano Rivera records his 600th save

He was the definition of grace under pressure, and on this day in béisbol, Sept. 13, 2011, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera reached a milestone only one other pitcher before him had achieved. Rivera recorded the 600th save of his brilliant career, putting the Panama native just one behind Trevor Hoffman’s then-record of 601. The save came in a 3-2 win against the Mariners at Seattle. In the ninth inning Rivera sandwiched two swinging strikeouts around a single by fellow future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki — who was gunned down trying to steal second for the game’s final out. Rivera,

By |September 13th, 2022|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL September 12: David Ortiz joins the 500 HR club

Few things frightened opposing pitchers more than the sight of David Ortiz striding to the plate with the game on the line, spitting into his batting gloves and daring them to throw their best stuff. On this day in béisbol, Sept. 12, 2015, Big Papi terrorized Tampa pitcher Matt Moore by hitting two home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Rays — becoming the 27th member of the 500 Home Run Club.  Ortiz, 39, clubbed a three-run shot in the first inning and added a solo blast in the fifth. He finished the year with 37 home runs and

By |September 12th, 2022|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL September 10: Alou brothers Felipe, Matty, Jose have consecutive at-bats for Giants

There have been more than 400 sets of brothers who have played in the Major Leagues, but only a handful of instances when three siblings have been big leaguers. The most well-known trio is arguably the Alou brothers, who not only have the distinction of playing for the same team at the same time in the modern era (the Wright brothers, Harry, George and Sam, were all members of the 1876 Boston Red Caps), but hold the record for most games appeared in by brothers — 5,129 games combined. On this day in béisbol, Sept. 10, 1963, Felipe, Matty and

By |September 10th, 2022|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL September 3: Jose Ramirez sets record with 14 extra-base hits in 7 games

There were plenty of players who contributed to the Cleveland Indians’ history-making hot streak during the home stretch of the 2017 season, when they won 22 games in a row to pull away from the rest of the AL Central pack. But in a formidable lineup that boasted DH Edwin Encarnacion, SS Francisco Lindor and 1B Carlos Santana, it was Jose Ramirez who carried the team through its nearly month-long tear from late August to mid-September. On this day in béisbol, Sept. 3, 2017, the Dominican-born third baseman kept up his torrid hitting when he tied an MLB record with

By |September 3rd, 2022|History, News|

THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL September 2: Roberto Clemente homers for 2,000 career hit

The 1966 season turned out to be a pretty good one for Roberto Clemente, an all-around hitter who had his best power year and ended up winning the National League MVP award. On this day in béisbol, Sept. 2, 1966 the Pirates right fielder also marked a huge career milestone in the midst of his special year — his 2,000th hit. Facing fellow future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins of the Cubs in the bottom of the fifth inning at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, Clemente rocketed an opposite-field, three-run jack into the upper deck in right to seal an eventual 7-5

By |September 2nd, 2022|History, News|
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