Another week in the books and another great display of Major League Baseball. This week we saw our second no-hitter of the season that took place at the beautiful Eastadio De Beisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. We also saw a team from the Bronx start to click on all cylinders and start to look like the team that they were expected to be coming into the season. We will start however in Seattle, where a very special player joined a very prestigious club on Friday night.
Albert Pujols, one of the greatest hitters of our generation, came into the weekend needing just a single to put himself in a club that most men could only dream of being in, the 3000 hit club. With 2 outs in the top of the 5th , Pujols blooped a single into RF, becoming just the 32nd man in the history of major league baseball to reach 3,000 hits.
Puljos also joined special company, becoming only the 4th player in the history of Major League Baseball to hit for 600 homers or more in a career along with collect 3000 hits. Joining him in this more exclusive club, are legends in the likes of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez. It was a very special night for the baseball community and when it is time for Pujols to hang it up, he will be heading to Cooperstown ASAP. The Angels ended up winning the game by the score of 5-0, but Friday night in Seattle was so much more than that. It was a man who was already known as one of the greats, solidifying just how special he is, and we should all be lucky that we are able to witness was can only be described as, greatness.
Over the weekend, Major League Baseball hosted it’s second international series of the season, this time in the beautiful city of Monterrey, Mexico. The Dodgers and Padres packed their bags, headed south and traveled to what would be an exciting series. On Friday, the series kicked off and over 30,000 passionate, Mexican baseball fans sat in to watch what was to them, a once in a lifetime opportunity. They got a chance to watch two Major League Baseball teams compete live in person. In the states, people take advantage of going to a ballgame but to the people of Monterrey, this was their Super Bowl. The Padres and Dodgers wanted to give the fans something to root for and by nights end, history was made. Starting for the Dodgers, was Walker Buehler, a rookie for the men in blue, who has only made a handful of starts in his young career. On Friday night however, Buehler looked like anything but a rookie. Walker had his command early, and was retiring Padre hitters left and right. Before the people in Mexico could blink, the game had reached the 7th inning and the Padres had failed to register a hit. Due to a high pitch count, Buehler was forced to be taken out of the game at the end of the sixth inning. Coming in in relief was Dodger reliever Tony Cingrani, who delivered a hitless 7th inning and the Dodgers found themselves just six outs away from a combined no-hitter. In the Eighth, Dodger manager, David Roberts decided to go with Yimi Garcia, who Roberts hoped would preserve the no hit bid. He did just that and the tension had come to an all time high as the Dodgers became just three outs away. To finish the job, the Dodgers called out reliever, Adam Liberatore who knew he had a job to do. He knew his job was to shut the door and complete the no hitter and give this crowd, that had stayed the entire night and was into every pitch, their closing act. He did just that. Liberatore struck out Padre hitter Frenchy Cordero to end the game and to complete the combined no hitter. We are only a little over a month to the season and we have already seen our second no hitter of the season (first by A’s Sean Maneae.) The fans who entered the ballpark on Friday night expected to watch a game on a level that they could never imagine, and left with a memory that they will never forget. These are the type of moments that make sports so special.
The New York Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, and there is no close second. Ever since the Bronx Bombers have called up star top prospect Gleyber Torres, the team has won 15 of its last 16 games and have shown no signs of stopping. Their bats are hot and their arms are getting the jobs done, along with having a never say die attitude that has brought them wonders in the last few weeks. And it is not like the Yankees have played scrubs either to get to this point. During their streak the Yankees have Swept the Angels on the road, went to Houston to take 3 out of 4 from the defending World Series champions, and this weekend, sweeping the Cleveland Indians, doing it in comeback fashion, as two out of the three victories came via the walk off. When you have a team that is playing this well, they can look almost unstoppable and are not a team that anybody wants to face any time soon. This week the Yankees welcome in the Boston Red Sox in which some consider, the best rivalry in sports. The series will be especially interesting and the stakes will become heightened as both of these ball clubs have two of the best record in all of baseball, and the winner will take over the lead of the A.L East Division. The sky is the limit for this loaded Yankee team and it will be interesting to see just how far they can go this season and if they can live up to all the hype.