Major League Baseball celebrated another historic moment last night, this one coming from an esteemed member of the Cincinnati Reds. One of the true greats of the game has joined an exclusive club.
Paul Bako had the first multi-homer game of his career.
See you in Cooperstown.
Also, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th career home run. And like Manny Ramirez, Griffey reached his milestone on the road, against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium.
The fan went nuts.
Remember when we were convinced that Griffey would break Hank Aaron’s record? It was a slam dunk. And then it wasn't.
Former Oriole Jerry Hairston stood at third base during Griffey’s at-bat, making it a big night for Juniors.
Have you ever tried a Junior Mint? They're very refreshing.
The Chicago Bears waived running back Cedric Benson after his second alcohol-related arrest in a month. Benson has been busted for operating a boat and a car while under the influence.
With my luck, he’ll be the pilot on my next Southwest flight.
Benson won’t make Chicago fans forget about Walter Payton. Unfortunately, he won’t make them forget about Curtis Enis, either.
The next time the Bears want to waste a high first-round pick on a running back, they should just take Neal Anderson and see if he comes out of retirement.
Anyone seen Jay Gibbons lately?
It’s hard to believe there isn’t a single team in the majors that will take a look at him, even as a 25th man. It’s not like being linked to performance-enhancing drugs is an automatic ticket out of baseball – unless you’re the all-time leader in home runs. Then forget about it.
Brian Roberts for Rickie Weeks? Not going to happen. But it makes for a fun debate.
Maybe that’s the closest Roberts gets to playing in Chicago.
I’ll be in Frederick later today, reporting on Adam Loewen’s first appearance on his injury rehab assignment. He’s supposed to throw an inning. I’ll provide a pitch-by-pitch account, so don’t go anywhere.
It’s “Guaranteed Win Tuesday” at Frederick. If the Keys lose, each ticket is good for a future Monday-Thursday home game.
Think the Orioles would hold a similar promotion on Sundays?
Jake Arrieta continues to struggle since experiencing some tightness in his back. He lost again last night, allowing five runs (three earned) and throwing 78 pitches in four innings. He also hit a batter and committed a balk.
Arrieta was working on extra rest. I wish I was.
Matt Wieters hit his 14th home run, but he also had a throwing error that allowed a run to score.
The Keys have lost 16 times in their last 18 games, making new manager Richie Hebner miss the independent leagues.