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At the Top of the Stairs

Matt Stairs, the human pinball in the MLB, has played for the most teams by a single player in the MLB with twelve (Cubs and Brewers both included). But he is also at the top of another MLB record. On Saturday
August 21st, Matt Stairs hit his 21st home run as a pinch hitter… breaking the ALL-TIME record in the bigs. Watch the video here.

A small group from the Kings of Cork happened to score some front row bleacher tickets for the game and got to see the blast up close and personal.

Matt Stair's Record Setting 21st Pinch Hit HR

This game was an all out slugfest (so was Friday night’s game) with the correct team on the winning end for both games. We figured this home run ball had to be a monumental MLB mark because Chris Dickerson, in right field, quickly rounded the ball up and through it into the San Diego (that’s spanish for a whale’s…) bullpen directly in front of us. It wasn’t until watching SportsCenter Saturday night we found out exactly what the ball’s meaning was (and noticing us sitting comfortably in the front row seats). Where will Matt Stairs be next year? Hopefully a new team so that he can hold the All-time record outright for playing for the most Major League teams in a single career.

A few of us were also quietly hoping the Brew Crew would bring in Hell’s Bells (Trevor Hoffman) for a 1 out save in the 9th to get him to 599 career saves and a possible chance at 600 saves in Sunday’s matchup against his former ball club, but that didn’t happen with Axford taking a 5 out save. Hoffman will get his chances soon enough.

Rookies Say “Go Big or Go Home”

In the past week, MLB rooks have taken a stand against the simple stats and are rewriting the record books. In fact, three of them are starting a new trend for Generation Y and have made the official move to making your first MLB home run not a solo shot but a grand slam. That’s right, three have hit grand slams this week as their first MLB homers. Two did it in their first game. One did it on the first pitch they saw.

So who are these mystery three. Let’s start with the most recent.

  • Mike StantonIf you haven’t heard of this top prospect yet, he is the next coming of Mark Reynolds and Adam Dunn. A very powerful, even more free swinging batter with little concern of setting the single season strike out record. He is one of the Marlins top prospects who got his Major League call-up on June 8. He hasn’t wow’ed anyone by any means yet… that was until tonight. On his 32nd MLB at-bat, he had the bases loaded against the Rays Matt Garza. He battled his way to a 3-2 count when he lifted a high fast ball to left field. The crowd reacted similar to Jason Heyward’s first home run. But Stanton’s was a grand slam. He helped knock Garza out of the game after 1 1/3 innings and 71 pitches. Now that he’s broken the ice, you should expect many more long balls from him in years to come.
  • Aaron Cunningham – I don’t know a lot about this guy, but I do know he made his first home run even more impressive than Stanton’s. In his first Major League game on Tuesday June 15 on his 3rd ever Major League at-bat, Cunningham came up with the bases loaded against Brett Cecil (who has been white hot this season for the Blue Jays). He knew what he had to do for Generation Y… and he did. His first MLB home run was also a grand slam.
  • Daniel Nava – Of course, the Boston Red Sox player has to show everyone up. Nava came to the plate for his very first at bat on Saturday June 12 with the pond full. On the very first pitch Nava saw, he took it yard. That’s right, after one pitch, Nava was 1-1 with 4 rbi’s and an OPS of 5.00. I hate to say it, but there’s no where to go now but down, Nava.

Is it just me or is 2010 the year of the rookie because these three aren’t the only rookies making a splash this year. Here’s a list of players making major contributions in their first year:

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