Tuesday, April 19, 2011


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They say if you play the game of baseball often enough sooner or later something will happen that has never happened before. And in the MLB this never seems to fail.

So with only two weeks into the season here are my 3 favorite major league FIRSTS so far:

1. The Los Angeles Angels rock-solid ace Jered Weaver (4-0) became the first pitcher in major league history to start and win 4 games by April 15. No pitcher had ever won that many games by the dreaded tax deadline. Weaver's phenomenal pitching is a major reason why the Angels (10-5) are off to the best start in team history.
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2. The New York Yankees already have 6 players with 4 or more home runs-- Mark Teixeira (5), Jorge Posada (5), Robinson Cano (4), Russell Martin (4), Curtis Granderson (4) and Alex Rodriguez (4)-- thus becoming the first team ever with that many players with 4 or more home runs in the team's first 14 games. The Yankees at 9-5 have MUSCLED their way into first place in the AL East.
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3. The Tampa Bay Rays began the season 0-6 but have rebounded nicely going 7-3 in their last 10 games. A lot of their recent success is due to the heroics of newcomer, the ageless Johnny Damon. Damon was on fire in a recent 5-game span registering 5 consecutive game-winning RBIs. One of those game-winning RBIs was a 10th inning walk-off home run against the Minnesota Twins. Damon thus became the first player in major league history to hit a walk-off game winning home run for 5 different teams-- the Rays, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals. The Rays knew when they signed Damon that "Johnny Be Good" in the clutch. And he has a long resume to prove it.

With 92% of the season still remaining, I'm sure there will be a few more FIRSTS to come.

To be continued....

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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