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King Felix gets out the rye bread
2008-06-23 16:35
by Bob Timmermann

Because it's a salami!

Felix Hernandez of the Mariners became the first American League pitcher to hit a grand slam in 37 years when he hit one at Shea Stadium in the second inning tonight off of Johan Santana.

The last AL pitcher to hit a slam was Steve Dunning of the Indians off of Diego Segui of Oakland on May 11, 1971. A crowd of 2,992 attended that game.

2008-06-23 16:40:41
1.   ToyCannon
Off Johan no less, one heck of a way for the torch to get passed off.
2008-06-23 16:52:16
2.   Eric Enders
Those guys are from the same area of Venezuela. If it had been a lopsided game I might suspect Johan of intentionally grooving one.
2008-06-23 16:53:22
3.   Bob Hendley
I recall that a Braves pitcher in my youth (1960s, maybe early 1970s) who had a big day (I am thinking that there was a doubleheader involved) in terms of RBIs including at least one salami. Who was that?
2008-06-23 17:03:34
4.   Bob Timmermann
That's Tony Cloninger, who was the first NL player to hit two grand slams in a game.

Fernando Tatis later joined him in that distinction.

2008-06-23 17:12:07
5.   Bob Hendley
4 - Thanks for the info about Tony the Tiger. Not really interested in who the second guy to do it was, though.
2008-06-23 17:21:20
6.   Travis08
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th, Hernandez tried to block the plate on a wild pitch and Carlos Beltran slid hard into his left leg. Hernandez was forced to leave the game.
2008-06-23 18:01:56
7.   Eric Enders
If this occurred with two outs in the fifth then I hope Beltran was at least called out. My fantasy team needs the win.
2008-06-23 22:42:22
8.   John Hale
Last week I missed the immaculate inning by "the king" as I was in line to get a milkshake and today picked the only mexican restaraunt/bar in Seattle without a TV and missed the salami. (I had a good excuse as I was planning a trip with other M's fans to see decrepit stadia in NYC before they die) I hope I miss many more historic activities by Felix. I will hear about the Rye bread from Niehaus for the rest of the season.

So when was the last Catchers Interference on an AL pitcher at bat?

2008-06-24 11:43:31
9.   Bob Timmermann
Chris Short of the Brewers on August 7, 1973 against the Angels.

The Brewers had actually lost their DH in the game when Ellie Rodriguez had to go in to catch. Jerry Stephenson of the Angels was the guilty party.

The Angels won the game when Ken Berry tagged up and scored on a popup to short. Brewers shortstop Tim Johnson wasn't paying attention to the runners because the infield fly rule was in effect.

Nolan Ryan struck out 13.

2008-06-24 11:46:08
10.   Bob Timmermann
Excuse me, John Stephenson was the catcher.
2008-06-24 11:46:32
11.   Bob Timmermann
Also Short was the first AL pitcher to reach base safely after the DH rule was instituted.

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