Jayson Stark Explains it All for You

In case you hadn’t heard I’m a big sports fan, which means I worship at the altar of ESPN.com on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. Baseball, football, basketball – I love all three. So you can probably imagine how ridiculously happy I was, earlier in the week, to stumble upon the following column by baseball writer/columnist Jayson Stark: Strange But True Feats of the Year.

Yes, people, that’s right: it’s sort of like the Ripley’s Believe it or Not of 2007 baseball statistics and occurrences, in which Stark tells us all about…

  • How Baltimore Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora got thrown out of a June 28 Yankees-Orioles game during a rain delay.
  • How Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips stole two bases on one pitch during an August 1 game versus the Washington Nationals.
  • How the Chicago White Sox managed to lose a May 31 game in which the opposing team – the Toronto Blue Jays – had no baserunners. (?!?!?!)
  • How the Texas Rangers, in an August 3 game against the Toronto Blue Jays,¬†unknowingly used two pitchers who both shared the exact same birthday: December 24, 1974 (happy belated birthday to those guys, by the way).

You can read all about those items, and many many more, here. Enjoy the trivia, people.


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