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Raul Ibanez almost becomes as famous as Fernando Tatis
2008-08-04 21:53
by Bob Timmermann

Seattle's Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning at Safeco Field off of Minnesota's Glenn Perkins. That made the score 6-5.

The Mariners then kept scoring. And getting on base. And with two outs, Willie Bloomquist drew a walk off of Matt Guerrier to load the bases. And who was coming up, none other than Ibanez.

But Fernando Tatis' place in history remained secure as Ibanez could manage nothing more than a 2-RBI single.

Ibanez's 6 RBI inning tied an AL record held by 10 others and most recently done by Bobby Abreu of the Yankees on September 12, 2006 against Tampa Bay. Abreu had a 3-run homer and 3-run double in the first inning.

2008-08-04 22:28:48
1.   Chyll Will
Tatis hit both of them off the same pitcher (Chan Ho Park); if Ibañez had hit two, would one feat outrank the other, or would they be in a mutually exclusive tie?
2008-08-04 22:56:45
2.   Jon Weisman
1 - A tie, I say. Park would still have his record, but neither batter's accomplishment would be diminished.
2008-08-04 23:05:31
3.   Greg Brock
If you had Fernando Tatis starting as a corner outfielder for a huge market team in 2008, please step forward and claim your prize.
2008-08-04 23:54:12
4.   Eric Stephen
What's more shocking? Tatis, or the rebirth of Chan Ho Park?

I have a feeling this will be a debate that rages as long as the Volquez v. Hamilton debate.

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