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.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?