And so it was later as the miller told his tale that her face at first just ghostly. Turned a whiter shade of pale. -Procol Harem
Last night Royals prodigy Eric Hosmer hit his first home run. Hooray Eric Hosmer! But this wasn’t just any home run. Oh no. This was a home run at Yankee Stadium, the house that Grady Sizemore built. For those of you keeping score at home, Two members of the 500-home run club hit their first big-league bombs as a visiting player at the old Yankee Stadium: Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Are 500 bombs in young Eric Hosmer’s future? Only time will tell. Among the many other players to hit their first big-league bombs as a visiting player at the old Yankee Stadium were Kent Hrbek, Mark Belanger and Luis Tiant. Huh? Luis Tiant? That’s right. Luis Tiant.
Folks will forever remember Luis Tiant for his crazy contortionist’s delivery in which he turned his back to the plate and did a little shimmy shimmy shake with his glove in the midst of his windup. I will forever remember Luis Tiant for being the biggest big game pitcher I ever saw in Boston until Curt Schilling showed up in his Yankees hater cap. Showed up in his Yankees hater cap and said: “I’ve got an eighty-six year curse to break.” Like my main man Lionel Hutz always says, “I don’t use the word “hero” very often, but you are the greatest hero in American history.”
Luis Tiant sure was hero back in 1975. Back in 1975, El Tiante cemented his cult status in Boston with his awesome Fu Manchu and his heroics in the postseason. That year he pitched a three-hit, complete-game victory over Oakland in the ALCS, shut out Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine 6-0 in the World Series opener, then won again four days later in Cincinnati with a 155-pitch complete-game masterpiece in Game 4. How about that?
Peace out homies. Six two and even!