The month of June gave baseball fans two incredible feats that are now in the record books.
Usually June can be an uneventful baseball month full of hot days, but teams start to separate in the standings. Teams are rolling to the All-Star break - this year's game is July 10 in Kansas City - and gearing up for the second half of the season.
The first treat came from former LSU star Aaron Hill. On June 18, the Arizona Diamondback hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run in same game) against the Seattle Mariners. This is a rare accomplishment, as it was only the 293rd time for that to occur in MLB. This alone would have been a great achievement; however, he added icing to the cake.
On June 29, Hill repeated the feat against the Milwaukee Brewers. Yes, the 294th in MLB history. The odds of the same player doing this two times in 12 days are astronomical to say the least. It had not happened in MLB since 1931 when Babe Herman of the Brooklyn Dodgers accomplished two cycles in the same season.
As we know, MLB is a sport based on numbers, records and history. When you do something that has not happened since 1931, you are doing something exceptional to say the least. A huge "tip of the hat" to Aaron Hill, who will we hope take his rightful place as an All-Star next week.
The last night of games in the month of June gave MLB fans another treat, one that had NEVER been done before.
Yasmani Grandal, a rookie catcher for the San Diego Padres, had no idea what would happen when he was called up from Triple A. There is an unwritten code in MLB that when a guy is called up, he immediately is inserted into the lineup. Grandal got in the lineup and made history.
In his 1st two MLB at-bats, he hit home runs – the first as a right-handed hitter and the second as a left-handed hitter; this has NEVER been done in baseball history. I do not know how many more home runs Grandal will hit in his career but his first two will forever be in the record books. A huge "tip of the hat" to Yasmani Grandal.
Thanks again to these two guys for giving fans a June 2012 to remember.
Tommy Krysan is the host of "Tigers Roar" a live TV show each Wednesday night at 8:00 pm on Pelican Sports TV in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans. He also hosts Pelican Sports Radio, Monday – Friday, 3:00-4:00 pm in Baton Rouge on KKAY 1590 AM. Online at; kkay1590.com or globalradiokkay.com
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