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more on the rollins streak

April 4, 2006


i read this on the post dispatch's site today:

Monday wasn't an absolute zero for the home team All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins extended his hitting streak to 37 games with an eighth-inning double against Adam Wainwright. Hitless after putting the ball in the air in four previous at-bats, the Phillies shortstop took three balls from Wainwright as those remaining from a crowd of 44,614 booed. With the Cardinals ahead by eight runs, La Russa signaled Wainwright to feed Rollins a strike.Wainwright complied, and Rollins yanked the rookie's 3-0 pitch between Pujols and the first-base line for a double. The hit leaves Rollins eight games shy of Wee Willie Keeler's NL consecutive game mark and 19 from Joe DiMaggio's allegedly unbreakable 56-game streak set in 1941."Obviously a guy who plays as hard as he does and gets a streak going like that, I respect that streak," Wainwright said. "It's kind of a pitcher's duty if a guy has something going like that to give him a chance at it."

the last quote from wainwright is what really pissed me off. what the hell does "its kind of a pitchers duty…" mean. its not a pitchers duty to give guys hits just because they have something specail going. thats not your problem adam, your out there to pitch and get outs any way you can. adam, were you on something yesterday, what were you smoking/drinking before the game? man, i would have loved for any pitcher that pitched to that nuckle-head to have walked him or even hit him.

i have said this before and i will say it again, dimaggio's record of hits in 56 consecutive games is not on the line. why? because he did it in one season. someone led rollins to believe (or maybe he did it to himself) that the record can be broken if it spanned over two seasons. sure, it would be a record, but in a different category, it would span two seasons not one.
man, i really had to get that rant off of my chest. did i just say rant, man im starting to sound like kevin slaten.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2006 4:38 am

    Read what TLR had to say. Remember what Big Mac went through in 1998?

  2. April 5, 2006 6:35 pm

    yeah, i read what tlr had to say. i really dont believe it. come on, i think he told wainwright to throw a fastball down the middle so he does not walk him. it has nothing to do with the streak, besides, there is no streak. the only thing rollins has going for him is a one game hitting streak. if your good enough, it does not matter if people walk you or not, as long as you do your best when you get the chance to. thats why big mac hit 70 dingers even though he was walked a ton.

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