Vin Scully, from yesterday's telecast:
No score, James Loney will start it off.
Last night, in the ninth inning, following a walk to Casey Blake, James hit one into the crowd atop the wall in deep right center field, his twelfth home run of the year. All twelve on the road, tying people like Jose Cruz, Eddie Yost, Sam Mele. All twelve on the road.
Kenny Keltner, who played third base for the Cleveland Indians, Kenny Keltner had thirteen home runs one year, all on the road. That was in 1939. And I'm pretty sure Kenny Keltner's name is always attached to Joe DiMaggio.
Tell you why in a moment, as Loney checks in, Penny ready and delivers, and he drops a breaking ball inside, ball one.
I'm pretty sure when Joe D. had his fifty-six-game hitting streak stopped, it was against Cleveland, and in one or two of the at-bats, Kenny Keltner took base hits away. Two of 'em.
The one-oh pitch on the way is outside, ball two.
What's funny is to talk to a modern player. Last night I was saying to Loney all about the fact that he has tied Cruz, Yost, Mele, next one Keltner. He looked at me as if I was talking a foreign language.
Here's the two-oh pitch on the way, James takes off the plate, ball three.
However, I also remember the look on a young black baseball player who had no idea about Jackie Robinson. So after that I figured okay, school's not in. It's out for a long time.