Nowadays it seems like sports leagues and networks inflate everything. Every good game is historic or the most hits against the shift in day games west of the Mississippi or something.
But we’re seeing real history right now.
Shohei Ohtani is doing it in Anaheim. He notched his 200th strikeout this week for the first 200k season in his career. Ohtani had 34 home runs at the time of that 200th K. The next closest is Don Drysdale with 7. 7.
The list of Ohtani’s accomplishments is too long to list here. I’m in amazement that I’ve seen his year happen. He’s so amazing he should be the unanimous choice for AL MVP according to even East Coast guys.
Of course he won’t be the unanimous choice. Probably not the choice at all.
Because in New York, Aaron Judge tied the AL home run record at 61 and should break it soon.
Judge is a class guy. I like him a lot. He’s small town, north Central Valley. He gave his historic home run ball to his mom.
But having the sixth best single season home run total in MLB history is not better than being a two way monster.
There’s single season history and there there’s all time great history. Albert Pujols made the latter and deserves all of the accolades he’s getting. 700 home runs is extremely rare, only achieved twice without steroids.
And expect it to get rarer. We probably won’t see this again for several decades.
In the story line department, Albert going back home and hitting 700 was the perfect, yet unexpected, swan song of the year.
Meanwhile in the land of today, Logan O’Hoppe made his MLB debut and looked really solid.
In the cutting onions department:
I realize most of you don’t have The Athletic so watch this interview from in game Wednesday night.
Enjoy this last weekend of games. Look for me Sunday with my son and some ice cream.
Sorry about the short links, folks, but daddy duties call. Please link what I missed below.