Off Day Tidbits, Three Bases At A Time

It’s the second day of June today, and for the first time in about three weeks the Blue Jays don’t play. So due to the rare off day comes pure randomness in all shapes and sizes.

1. I was at the game last night with both Mrs. 500 Level Fan and with my dad. In the fifth inning, Eric Thames, Rajai Davis, and Jayson Nix smoked badk-to-back-to-back triples (well, Nix didn’t exactly smoke his), the first time I had ever seen that. My dad though it might be some kind of record, and I wondered how I could ever check that. It turns out Gregor Chisholm, Toronto’s beat writer, took care of that for me. The three straight triples was a franchise first, and hadn’t been accomplished in the major leagues since the Expos in 1981. Thanks Gregor.

So while it’s not quite a league record it is an extremely rare feat. Unfortunately it came with the Jays down 12-0…

2. Speaking of Rajai Davis: he was my favourite off-season acquisition and is finally starting to prove why. His batting average is up to .275, he leads the team with four triples, and after hitting his first HR of the season last night his OPS has eclipsed the .700 mark to .708. His 15 steals are also good enough for 4th in the AL, four behind Jacoby Ellsbury for the lead.

He has also been on a tear as of late. After bottoming out on May 7th at a .175 AVG and .434 OPS, Davis has found the magic. In his last 22 games he has hit .349 with a .908 OPS, scored 14 runs, and stolen 8 bases.

Now if he could just cut down a bit on the baserunning gaffes…

3. Today marks the one year anniversary of the Armando Gallaraga near perfect game, the night when poor Jim Joyce botched the last out of the game. But who knew that so many other significant events in baseball history happened on this day. After browsing Baseball Reference I was a bit shocked to discover that the following all went down on this date:

1915 – Babe Ruth hit his second career HR

1925 – Lou Gehrig starts

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the first game of his legendary streak after Wally Pipp sits out with a headache.

1935 – Babe Ruth announces his retirement.

1941 – Lou Gehrig dies of ALS.

1986 – Rod Carew announces his retirement.

1990 – Randy Johnson throws a no-hitter for Seattle.

2010 – Ken Griffey Jr announces his retirement

4. Tonight is the second game of the season for Team Pegs, my softball team. After a tough first game, we sit in dead last, with the fewest runs scored, most runs allowed, most errors, and worst hitting performance by men (the females carried our co-ed team).

But, if there is a silver lining, it’s that we definitely lead the league in beers consumed during play…

5. Tomorrow’s post will be better than today.

I promise…

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