If you’re curious as to why Americans love baseball so much, then the simplest answer would be that the sport is a game of staged drama. Staged in this case refers to all those theatrical moments of stopped action when the runners are at 1st and 3rd, the home team is down by one and then comes the pitch that turns the score around.
While some people could argue that the action of the game is simply too slow to be dramatic, keep in mind that the ultimate goal of this fascinating sport is to allow its fans to diagram the story line. In the event that you’re looking for proof that baseball is all about show, then here are five insane and unforgettable records from the history of the MLB.
1. Fernando Tatis’ two grand slams in one inning
You can’t consider yourself a true baseball fan if you haven’t heard of Fernando Tatis’ 1999 great achievement by now. He is still the only baseball player in the MLB to accomplish the extraordinary achievement of hitting two grand slams in one inning. What is interesting about this situation is that until his feat of strength, Tatis didn’t hit a single grand slam in his entire Major League career.
2. Will White’s 680 innings in one season
Cincinnati Reds’ right-handed pitcher Will White managed something that seems impossible these days: he started and completed 75 games in the 1879 season, during which he had a record or 43-31, posted a 1.99 ERA and threw 680 innings. Considering that these days the Major League top players who earn between $13 and $16 million per year barely manage to throw 200 innings in one season, it’s clear that this is one of the MLB records that will not be broken very soon.
3. Johnny Damon’s three hits in one inning
In 1953, Red Sox left fielder Gene Stephens became the first American Baseball League player to collect three hits in one inning. The only other MLB player capable of replicating Stephens’ success was Johnny Damon, the lead-off hitter and center fielder of Red Sox; Damon won a game against the Marlins in 2003 by getting three hits off three different pitchers. Red Sox scored 14 in the inning, won 25- 8, while Damon finished with five hits and won his rightful place in the MLB history.
4. Mike Cameron and Bret Boone back to back
Mike Cameron and Bret Boone set a further noteworthy MLB record in 2002 when playing for the Mariners against the White Sox. The Mariners routed their opponents by a score of 15-4 as Cameron and Boone slug four back to back home runs in the same inning. The incredible record set by the two teammates is not something you’ll see anytime soon in the MLB, especially if you think that the odds of such a feat are similar to the Lions winning the Super Bowl.
5. Bill Mueller’s slams from both sides of the plate
Bill Mueller was the first MLB player who managed to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a single game. While he declared that he wasn’t doing anything else but trying to have good at-bats, the truth is that he managed to connect three homes and help Red Sox win 14-7 against the Texas Rangers.
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