As I said before, Johnny Damon’s 37 years just makes him way too old to continue playing baseball well, and I’m afraid his body just can’t take it anymore. I mean, two walk-off hits in the same series? 5 straight game-winning RBI in a row? How are the Rays supposed to use that to their advantage?
But seriously though, that 5 straight game-winning RBI stat is a bit misleading. The “game-winning” status is put on a hit when it brings in a run that gives that team the lead, and it could happen at any moment of the game if that team doesn’t relinquish the lead. This is why Damon’s 5-game streak includes such game-winning hits as a two-run single in the 6th inning of a 5-2 victory against Minnesota, and a home run on the very first pitch of the game in a 16-5 victory against Boston.
In other news, last night also marked the 2nd time in the same series against the Rays that Joe Nathan blew a save opportunity. That kid better get his stuff under control ASAP or he’s running high risk of some serious consequences, such as being dropped from my Yahoo! fantasy team.
Anyway, here’s to hoping Damon continues his hot hitting today. Sundays mean day games! Be on the lookout for a Hellboy sighting at 1:40