And the only reason we’re limiting it to 1972 is because that’s what we have documented. In Harry Caray’s own diary, in which he kept a record of his bar visits and in which he tucked his receipts. All of that was reported in wonderful detail by Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday. The interviews and anecdotes with some of his drinking companions make the story.
The reason Caray kept the record appears to be tied up in his business arrangements with the White Sox, for whom he worked at the time. His compensation was tied to attendance at Comiskey Park and thus going out, glad-handing and getting people to come to White Sox games was a business expense for the man. If you want to take those deductions, you gotta keep your receipts, right? That’s the sober, er, I mean prudent thing to do.
Of course, it’s entirely possible — I’d say probable — that Caray would’ve been out in heavy rotation like this even if he wasn’t doing so for business reasons. Word on the street has it that, on occasion, Caray liked to have a drink or two.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.