If you're keeping track at home and if you are, that's frankly kind of weird Adrian Gonzalez has now gone 106 at-bats without a home run. It's an awful stretch. Beyond frustrating. How frustrating? Gonzalez is only five at-bats short of surpassing Albert Pujols' homerless drought from earlier this season. And as we all know, Pujols is far and away the game's worst hitter.
But, Gonzalez is giving The Artist Formerly Known As Albert a run for his money, and so far, has tried just about everything to break out of the slump.
He's tried praying. He's tried getting angry. He's tried calling his shot. He's tried saying, "Screw it! I don't care! Let's just have some fun and see what happens!!"
Nothing has worked.
But with that being said, here's one reason to be optimistic that THIS will be the weekend that Gonzalez finally loses one.
According to Baseball-Reference, there are 38 pitchers against whom Gonzalez has hit more than one career home run. Livan Hernandez and Matt Cain are atop the list, having each given up four. Danny Haren, Jamie Moyer, Aaron Harang, Homer Bailey and Jorge de la Rosa are next with three gopher balls a piece. And then there are 31 guys who have served up two Gonzalez dongs (Ummm). Among the dudes on this list are: Cole Hamels who will take the mound tonight and Joe Blanton who will do the same tomorrow.
Hey, it may not be easy to stay optimistic these days, but those numbers count for something. And as for Cliff Lee (who will pitch for Philly on Sunday)? Gonzalez has taken him deep, too back in June of 2010.
Here's hoping it's not June of 2012 before AG hits another.
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STERLING, Mass. -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.
Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn."
The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by the phrase "Thanks Big Papi."
The maze opens to the public on Saturday.
Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.
Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay talk about the Boston Red Sox' plans for Brad Ziegler, Clay Buchholz, and who will be pitching in the 8th inning.
LOS ANGELES — Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.
Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.
The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.