Monday, September 18, 2006

Generation Flap

Inquirer sportswriter Frank Fitzpatrick had a Ted Stevens (R, Alaska) moment recently, causing several people to call him old in various ways. Sure, the Inky article didn't even link to the blog it quoted, but that's no excuse for treating Fitzpatrick the way George Washington treated bears.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

The Big Hurt is on a roll

Just wanted to send some love to Frank Thomas, who is having a monstrous season with the A's in his first year away from the south side of Chicago. He homered Monday for the sixth consecutive game, giving him 36 HR, 98 RBI, and a line of .284/.396/.567 (AVG/OBP/SLG) for the year at age 38 after missing 128 games last year to injury. The record for consecutive games with a HR is eight, shared by Ken Griffey Jr, Dale Long, and Donnie Baseball. Even if the streak ends at six, it's been a nice reminder of how devastating a hitter The Big Hurt once was and apparently still can be. And special thanks to Hawk Harrelson for giving this future Hall of Fame slugger one of the best nicknames in baseball history.

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