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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One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.
President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.
Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.
POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.
President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.
According to The Week:
“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."
The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.
The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?