Friday, June 29, 2007

Big Hurt & Biggio Milestones

Benchmarks, milestones, whatever you call them, both Frank Thomas of the Toronto Blue Jays and Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros reached significant ones yesterday.

"Don't Believe The Hype"... that's always been one of Frank Thomas' biggest catch phrases and there's never been anything "hype" about him. Blessed with incredible plate patience and amazing power, the "Big Hurt" has had an amazing career... Injuries have taken away some productive time from him, but nonetheless he was stuck on 499 homers until yesterday. Thomas made sure the crowd in Minnesota's Metrodome wouldn't have to wait long for 500 as he crushed a 1-2 pitch from Carlos Silva into the left field seats for the historic homer. It was a great moment as the respectful Twins crowd gave him a standing ovation... even the scoreboard operator flashed the number "500" on the board...

Craig Biggio had no idea he would reach the historic 3,000 hit milestone yesterday in Houston. Coming into the game, he was three hits short and was only hitting .233 in the month of June prior to it... Biggio's previous high for hits in a game this year was three, so people attending the game knew there was a chance they could be seeing some history... a single in the third and another in the fifth set up the historic moment. In the seventh, Biggio lined a single to right center for hit number 3,000. Biggio would go on to collect two more hits in going 5-for-6 as the Astros would win the game 8-5 in 11 innings. One of the truly great things about the future Hall of Famer is that he's played his entire career with one team... there are very few players in today's age of free agency that can say that.


Rain wreaked havoc with the U.S Women's Open yesterday... Angela Park shot a three-under-par 68 to take the early first round lead. Most of the players were still left on the course, when play was halted... The shock of the day had to be the play of Karrie Webb as the Hall of Famer shot a 12-over-par 83, the worst round of her career. Coverage continues on ESPN today at 2pm PT/11 am ET.


Last, and not least, just want to wish luck to my friend Reggie... his sister is competing in the Miss California Pageant this week... if she wins, she gets to compete in the 2008 Miss America Pageant!!! My friend, 2006 Miss DC Kate Michael, gave me some advice to pass onto Reggie's sister when I saw her in DC a couple of months ago... hopefully that advice and some strong performances will make those dreams of my friend's sis come true!!! The competition has gone as follows so far: Tuesday - Interview, Wednesday - Talent, Thursday - Evening Gown... tonight is the Swimsuit competition and then tomorrow the Top 10 Compete for the Miss California crown!!!


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