Friday, September 24, 2010

Jose Bautista, Makoto Kozuru and Babe Ruth

Yesterday, Jose Bautista became the first player in Toronto Blue Jays history to hit 50 home runs in a single season.

A big congrats to Bautista on his huge accomplishment.

Coincidentally, Bautista hit his 50th homer in the same game which saw Japanese icon Ichiro Suzuki get his 200th hit of the season, extending Ichiro's monumental major league record to 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons.

And the game itself was a dandy.

The Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners, 1-0, with Bautista's milestone home run accounting for the only run in the game. He homered off of Seattle ace "King" Felix Hernandez, who pitched a complete game gem, only to lose on Bautista's homer.

No doubt it was a memorable game with a truly international flavor to it. I guess we could summarize it like this--

A Dominican ball player (Bautista) became the first player ever to hit 50 home runs for a Canadian team (the Blue Jays) which play in an American baseball league. He hit the home run off of a Venezuelan pitcher (King Felix), who is a perennial Cy Young Award candidate and teammate of an All-Star Japanese player (Ichiro), who in the same game hit his milestone 200th hit of the season off of a Canadian pitcher (Shawn Hill).


And staying international--

Bautista can now rub elbows with Babe Ruth, who in 1920 became the first player to hit 50 home runs for an American team (54 for the New York Yankees) and Makoto Kozuru, who in 1950 became the first player ever to hit 50 home runs for a Japanese team.

And now a Canadian team has a 50-home run hitter.


Photos courtesy of the AP

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