Wednesday, August 15, 2007

another night off?

Craig Biggio sat out another game last night in LA, resting against a team ranked last in the league in hitting batters, but the Astros managed to win without him 7-4. He's expected to be out of the lineup again tonight, while Brad Penny pitches for the Dodgers. Unless Biggio gets a pinch hit appearance against him, Penny likely won't get a chance to join the 213 pitchers who have plunked Craig Biggio. He's hit 34 batters in all, and just 3 this season.

Craig Biggio has never been hit by a pitch on August 15th.

4 Comments:

At 8/15/2007 06:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are you going to do IF biggio does not break the record? then all of this would have been waste?

-Brad

 
At 8/16/2007 08:37:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Well, I will be disappointed if Biggio doesn't reach 288, but the goal of this site wasn't just documenting the breaking of a record - that has been the hope all along, but just as important has been informing the public that the record chase is happening, and answering every question that's never been asked about the 285 times Craig Biggio has been hit by pitches so far. Which is to say, I'd like to think that we've all learned something. And at the very least, I've really irritated some baseball fans who think crowding the plate and not bailing out of the batters box for any inside pitch are some kind of crimes against humanity, I may have gotten Hughie Jennings name in the papers a couple of times, and hopefully I've given a few people an alternative to the media's obsessive coverage of the other record chases from this season - which were sadly lacking in depth anyway. Did you see a single story about how Barry Bonds' home run rate changed during full moons, or whether or not he homers more often against pitchers that are taller or shorter than him? Or even... whether or not all those homers helped his team win more games? I didn't think so.

So, whether or not this site is a waste, I think, has nothing to do with whether or not Craig Biggio unifies the modern and all time HBP records (so we can do away with the silly concept of "modern" records). And, if you still think this was a waste - you should see what I was working on before this. (If your first guess is "a 300 page novel about a giant chicken" you're not far off)

 
At 8/16/2007 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Meghan said...

I'd guess a 300 page novel about a giant chicken made of bricks. Or a series of Christmas poems featuring a llama.

 
At 8/17/2007 11:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely do NOT think it's a waste, I was just curious how you would look at it. I make it a point to stop by this site atleast 4 times a week. Thank you for giving Houston fans and Biggio fans something else to think about while we are playing like garbage. In my mind, a website dedicated to biggio (his walks, his hits, hit dogs, whatever) is ALWAYS worth the time spent on it.

-Brad

 

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