Jayson Stark's blog today reminisces on the Red Sox' four-consecutive-homer game last night vs. the Yank-Mes, which had Mike Lowell as one of the cast of characters going yard. Stark's angle in the piece (insider only) is that baseball is an amazing sport, which it is:
You'd think what Lowell did Sunday would make him a once-in-a-lifetime human trivia answer -- as in: Who's the only guy ever to hit two home runs and be part of back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers in the same game? But guess again. Pat Berger dug through the five back-to-back-to-back-to-back games in history and reports that somebody did that in all five games:
I give Stark credit for not highlighting the beauty of the Red Sox, instead indicating the beauty that is baseball.
Sure, the Dodgers did exactly the same thing, four consecutive homers, last year. Hmm. So why is this Boston game so noteworthy? I guess it's because the Red Sox are getting tons of press about their similar outburst since they did it against a divisional rival (as did the Dodgers), in front of a rabid crowd (as did the Dodgers), even utilizing JD Drew (as did the Dodgers). Oh wait, maybe this is exactly the same thing as the Dodgers. Except the Dodgers did it in September, not April, in the middle of a pennant race, during the ninth inning. Oh yeah, that's right.
East coast bias, exhibit #5,125,467,342.