Wednesday, September 05, 2007

144 sausages?

Craig Biggio had 1 hit but no HBPs last night as the Astros lost to the Brewers 5-3, but more interestingly, the Brewers presented Biggio with the retirement gift of 144 sausages. They claimed they were giving him one sausage for every hit he has against the franchise, and he did have 144 going into the game, but they must have known he'd have a few more hits against them by the end of the year - the Brewers still have to visit Houston once more. No - the 144 sausages clearly represent half a sausage for each of the 288 plunks the Brewers hope Biggio will finish his career with! (Either that or they come in packages of a dozen, and handing out a gross of them was just easier than having to wrap up 1 or 2 extra sausages in their own packages).

Brewers rookie Yovani Gallardo is set to throw in tonight's game - Biggio's last at Miller Park. Gallardo has never faced Craig Biggio, and has only hit 2 batters in his brief career.

Biggio has been hit just once on September 5th - in 1995 by Xavier Hernandez. Since he's already been hit on this date by a pitcher whose name starts with X, maybe Yovani Gallardo is a good candidate for Biggio's 2nd plunk on September 5th.

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