bill-swift - April 27, 2012
With well over 100 years of history one would think that there is absolutely nothing that can happen during a baseball game that has not happened before.
We've already had our first hit, our first home run, first triple play, first grand slam, etc. Players have been wearing sunglasses since 1882. Helmets have been worn since 1905. Someone's pitched two complete games (and won both) in the same day (Frank ‘Yip' Owen in 1905).
Guys have been wearing eye black for years, chewing tobacco and sunflower seeds, and fans have been jumping the fence for as long as anyone can remember. There simply isn't anything that has not been done at least once in the game of baseball.
That is, until Wednesday's game between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets.
With a tight game being played between the two teams, Miami manager Ozzie Guillen opted to help out starting pitcher Josh Johnson. Through 6 2/3 innings he had done well, but with a slim 1-0 lead Ozzie thought it was time to go to the bullpen. That was when everything went wrong.
Johnson had walked his last batter. Randy Choate came on to relieve him and walked his only batter. Something bugged Ozzie so after one he took Choate out and inserted Steve Cishek—who walked his only batter.
With bases loaded—all courtesy of walks—Ozzie thought he needed to give someone else a shot to end the inning. So Mike Dunn came on to face Josh Thole and walked him to.
That's right folks-- four pitchers, four consecutive walks; never before in MLB history. That' s one way to make fans forget about your Castro comments Ozzie.
Article by Travis Pulver
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