Oh, you didn’t know that Teddy Ballgame had a big streak of his own? He did: he reached base in 84 straight games in 1949. Cam Martin has the story over at The Post Game, and makes the case that we should really be thinking about Williams’ streak like we think about DiMaggio’s.
Of course we won’t, because hits are a lot more fun than walks. I totally understand that and don’t blame anyone who thinks more of DiMaggio’s 56 than Williams’ 84, both because of all of the history and lore and because getting hits is pretty darn hard (and because DiMaggio himself had a 74-game on-base streak in the midst of his hitting streak).
But we never hear anything about Williams’ streak. We probably should. If you’re unaware, you can start by reading Martin’s story.
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.