Wednesday, June 22, 2005

264 and looking for more

It was a historic night in Texas last night. Craig Biggio inched closer to the modern and all time HBP records, and Jamey Wright became the third pitcher to hit Biggio with a pitch 4 times. Also, since Pedro Astacio was released by the Rangers last night, Wright became the active leader in Biggio plunkings at least until some other team gives Astacio a job.
Making it even sweeter for fans of the Houston Astros from Texas to Nepal, Biggio came around to score what turned out to be the winning run after getting on base via the HBP.
Jason Jennings pitches for the Rockies today with a chance to add to Colorado's total of 28 Biggio plunks. He has never hit Biggio with a pitch. I have no proof of any relation between Jason Jennings and Hughie Jennings, but we can always pretend.
Tonight is also a full moon. The Rockies haven't hit Biggio with a pitch on the night of a full moon since June 6, 2001.
Joaquin Benoit and Mike Trombley are the official Biggio plunkers of June 22nd. Trombley plunked Biggio on June 22, 1998 and Benoit did it on June 22, 2003. Both of Biggio's June 22nd HBPs came against American League teams.


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