The Big Unit's knack for winning ... and giving up the longball
1) No, that wasn't vintage Big Unit in Washington for win No. 300.
So who's next? I'm not about to say it won't happen again or no active player will get there; Johnson proved the fallacy of ruling out what's possible with world-class competitors. The best guesses would be
By the way, did you notice the final score in Washington yesterday for No. 51? It was 5-1.
2) Johnson is also a member of the more exclusive 400-homer club. Only 11 pitchers have served up more than 400 homers, with Johnson having joined the club this year. No. 1 on the list is
But keep your eye on
Johnson joined Niekro,
3) OK, time to take a written test to see if you qualify for your learner's permit to be a manager. You've just lost a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning to the Dodgers. The game is now tied. The Dodgers have the go-ahead run at second base with two outs. (First base is open.) The batter is
A) Walk Blake and pitch to Ethier (lefty-on-lefty).
If you answered A or B, congratulations, you have the smarts to possibly be a big-league manager someday. And if you answered C, well, actually, somehow you