Jim Thome, Jeff Mathis, Travis Snider Join the Sombrero Club
It was a big night for the Golden Sombrero on Friday night and all three told a story. Jim Thome was a pretty notable inductee to the Club going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against the Yanks. Thome went down looking the first time and swinging the next three times as the White Sox lost 5-2 in 10 innings, dropping under .500 for the season. Incidentally, Thome got the lone hit for the White Sox when they got one-hit by the Yankees on Saturday. At two games under .500, you can pretty much bury the White Sox playoff hopes unless they get Rockies-hot.
Jeff Mathis did his usual work for the Angels on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with four punch-outs. In a lineup full of seven .300 hitters and Howie Kendrick hitting in the .270s, Mathis is the eye-sore when they sub him in for Mike Napoli. The one good part about Mathis’ night was that he went down hacking each time, but the real kick in the balls must have been in the 7th inning when Mathis made two of the three outs while the rest of the team batted around. Ouch.
Lastly, on a night where we had two full on sombreros, Travis Snider of the Blue Jays must be mentioned for taking the collar going 0-for-4 with four Ks. His only redeeming point was that he walked once. Every time Snider punched out he ended the inning with one, including in the 9th with the bases loaded against Jonathan Papelbon to end the game. Talk about a crowning achievement.