Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Green's Great Game

I love getting notices from Chris Jaffe when he highlights a Dodger historical event that I had forgotten about.  Over at the Hardball Times he reminds us that today is the 10th Anniversary of Shawn Green's incredible game at the plate against the Brewers.  On this day he belted 4 homers to go along with a single and double.  Read his story here.  Then, watch old footage of Green's efforts below.
Ten years ago today, Shawn Green had quite possibly the best game any hitter has ever had, tying or setting some rather impressive records along the way.

On May 23, 2002, Green and his Dodgers teammates were in Milwaukee to take on the Brewers. Green came up in the top of the first with one out and a runner on second, and promptly belted an RBI double off Milwaukee starting pitcher Glendon Rusch. For many, an RBI double would be a highlight. For Green, it would be one of his worst at-bats on the day. 

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UPDATE: Eric Stephen at True Blue LA follows up with some more background and information about this game; including quotes from Green.
"The ball had been looking like a pingpong ball," Green told the Times. "Today, it probably looked like a softball. It slowed down a lot. The last six weeks, the ball seemed to be going fast, and I was having a tough time, jumping at pitches. Today, I was able to sit back and wait for it."

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