Hello old friend. As I sit down to type this I feel like I know you Hardballers like family. I mean, come on, we have been together now for what, two weeks?
If you are reading this article I am imagining that you must have read my first one. It may be a bit self serving and based in total illusion, but hey, it's my head and only the voices in it have a say against it.
Last week we talked about what happened over the Independence Day weekend while you were out with your friends. That, my friend, is just the kind of guy I am.
But it inspired me to bring the same thing to you each week. So, every Tuesday, right here on More Hardball, I will be happy to bring you a quick run down of the things that happened while you were too busy doing other things.
So let me bring you two stories this week, one of them is very self serving, I hope you will forgive me. We will start with that one:
BaseballDigest.com Launches Affiliate Site
For those of you that do not realize, I am the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com. The online entity of the longest running baseball only magazine in the nation, they recently allowed me to open my own site dedicated to covering the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. By the time you read these words, the site will be live and functioning at I-70 Baseball and I invite you to drop in and give it a read.
Johnny Damon Takes A Step Towards History
I think it was the least covered story around baseball this week. In the midst of walk off wins, huge comebacks and dominant pitching performances, one of the games truly consistent players took a step towards keeping himself in the record books for a very long time to come. Damon would talk with reporters before the Tigers' game on July 7th and discuss wasted opportunities in his youth. How many games he would miss, at bats that he would not follow through with, or swings that he would rather have taken back. But it was on this day that he would bust out of a slump that had him mired over the previous week. The weight of the situation would finally lift from his shoulders and a single up the middle would become his 2,500th hit of his career. Later that night, with the weight of the situation completely off his shoulders, he would hit a long home run down the right field line with a runner on second base to win the game for the Tigers in walk-off fashion. His 2,501st hit of his career was a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the eleventh inning. But on that July night, Johnny took a step towards history.
Bill Ivie, Jr. loves to talk baseball with fans, friends, and readers and can be found on Twitter doing just that @poisonwilliam
You can find his work on BaseballDigest.com, i70baseball.com and every Tuesday right here on More Hardball.