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Willie Bloomquist hits game-winning homer for Royals, feeds Aaron a big serving of crow

Aug 25, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

Earlier this afternoon I mocked the Royals for putting out a terrible lineup against Armando Galarraga and the Tigers, giving them a particularly tough time for using Willie Bloomquist as their No. 3 hitter.
As noted at the time, Bloomquist is a career .255 hitter with a .305 on-base percentage and .310 slugging percentage against righties, including .205/.221/.253 this season. He has been one of the worst hitters in baseball against righties.
And so naturally he just hit the game-winning homer–off right-hander Alfredo Figaro–in the 12th inning. Seriously. Ned Yost may want to buy some lottery tickets tonight.
The lesson here is either that I’m a doofus or baseball is a funny game. Actually, probably some combination of both. They’re not mutually exclusive, after all. Seriously though, Willie Bloomquist?!

  1. David - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Good man, fessing up. Now, can you knock the guys on my fantasy team? I could use a boost!

  2. geoknows - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    And, interestingly, a Jose Valverde blown save, only his second of the season. Who hung the other one on him? Why, the Royals, of course.

  3. RichardInBigD - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Please be sure that your buddy D.J. Short is aware of what you said and what ensued. He is of the belief that words spoken or written do not affect the Karma of baseball (reference D.J.’s unfortunate premature use of the word no-hitter when describing Monday night’s Ranger game DURING THE 7TH INNING).

  4. Utley's hair - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:23 PM


  5. Utley's hair - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    The announcers were talking about it, too. And MLB Network had Breaking News/Developing Story graphics on it, with the crew spewing on and on and on about its historic nature. So you might wanna cut DJ a break on that one.

  6. scatterbrian - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Baseball is a funny game, ya doofus!

  7. scatterbrian - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    True….even though Amsinger seems to get a Merkle anytime a pitcher has a no-no through four….

  8. RichardInBigD - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Education happens one person at a time. DJ doesn’t believe that words have any effect. I have access to help educate DJ, so I have a responsibility to do so. And the Rangers announcers were very cafeful not to utter the word, showing shots of the scoreboard instead. My feeling is that anyone that makes their living off of baseball needs to respect the beliefs, that’s all…

  9. Utley's hair - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    So talking about it and how historic it is, etc., is okay as long as they don’t utter the “n” word, hyphenated as it is?

  10. RichardInBigD - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Exactly! It’s the “n” word of baseball, and DJ is Dr, Laura!!!

  11. Bob Sacamano - Aug 25, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Should have taken into account the Royals’ schedule. Played a double-header on Saturday with the first game starting after 6pm. Both games of the double header went to extra innings. Then they played a day game Sunday that also went into extra innings.
    Then they flew straight to Detroit for this series, where they’ve gotten crushed for two straight games, probably because their regular starters are gassed. And the lineup today appeared to mostly be guys who didn’t see much of the action during this stretch.
    Your failure to take this into consideration before unleashing mockery has come back to bite you in a most ironic fashion.

  12. kcfan - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Exactly! You said exactly what i was thinking. Happy they fought back and gave bloomquist the oppurtunity in the 12th. Happy for Kila, he had a BIG game.. hopefully hes finally found his stroke and continues to do what hes doing.

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