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Hump Day Hot Takes: 6/7/2017

There’s enough history to be made for everybody.

Albert Pujols by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

Hump Day Hot Takes: 6/7/2017

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Albert Pujols
If you weren’t already aware, Albert Pujols hit is 600th career HR on Saturday in pretty epic fashion by turning a hanging slider into a Grand Slam to make him the 9th player in the 600HR Club. Justin wrote a fantastic piece about Pujols a couple days ago. Read it here. It really is a shame it hasn’t been more celebrated because while we will see the 10th member join within the next 5 years (Miguel Cabrera needs 149 more as of this post) the 11th could be a long long ways off.

A Grand Day for Grand Slams
The same day Pujols hit a Grand Slam for his 600th, 6 other players around the league also hit Grand Slams breaking the MLB record for most Grand Slams in one day. While this is no doubt a fun piece of trivia, why are we keeping records of things like this? Surely we all have better things to do with our time? I say we as though I’m not writing about it for a baseball blog. Maybe we’re all just crazy anyways.

Mr. Met
So, Mr. Met was fired for giving the Shea faithful the old Tyler Collins.’

Here’s the thing though. Mr. Met, like most mascots, doesn’t have 5 fingers. He only has 4. Therefore, he doesn’t have a middle finger and can’t be accused of doing so. I present Exhibit A:

 Give this man(?) his job back.

The defense rests.

Edinson Volquez
Saturday June 3rd was a busy day. Along with the previously mentioned Grand Slams, Edinson Volquez pitched his first career No Hitter for the Miami Marlins. Despite nearly breaking his ankle on the first out of the game, he needed only 98 pitches to complete the no-no, walking 2 and striking out 10, including striking out the side in the 9th. After the game he dedicated the game to the late Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura whom both tragically died within the last year. Saturday also would’ve been Ventura’s 26th birthday. What an unbelievable way to honor one’s friend by giving the type of performance Volquez did.

The Houston Astros
The ‘stros are the first MLB team to 40 wins and achieved it in the midst of an 11 game winning streak. That streak came to end yesterday on a Royals walk off. But this Houston team is scary good. This has been the team that pundits have been saying are just a couple years removed from figuring it all out for the past couple years. It looks like those pundits might just have been right.

Want a souvenir? Be like this kid.

If you don’t read Cut4, you really should start. It’s a collection of the best oddball stories from around MLB everyday. In this one, the little kid you see making Miggy (who’s just a big kid himself) laugh was at the game and trying to get Miggy to notice him. Miggy said pointed at his jersey and shook his head no because the kid was wearing a Trout jersey. By the end of the exchange the little guy had put on a Miggy jersey over his Trout one which not only got a smile from Cabrera but also his bat. Oh, and that Trout jersey managed to get him and his friend 6 different baseballs from the Angels bench.

The Flying Umpire
Just… just watch

Scooter Gennett
5-5, 4 HR, 10 RBI, HISTORY

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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