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Lance Berkman returns to Houston with eight hits and seven RBIs in three games

Apr 29, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

Lance Berkman

After playing 11 seasons with the Astros as one of the best players in franchise history Lance Berkman returned to Houston for the first time and was met by some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton.

Berkman handled things about as well as possible in responding to the criticism and then responded with his bat by collecting eight hits and seven RBIs in three games against the Astros, including a pair of homers last night.

Here’s what he said after the game:

I don’t think I could have asked for a better return to Minute Maid. It’s not something like I came in here with a vendetta, or something to prove. I just wanted to play well in front of my family. I can’t imagine I’ll ever come into this building and not think about 11 years of great memories. One series doesn’t put that to bed. It will always be a special place to me.

Berkman is now hitting .410 with with eight homers, eight doubles, and a 1.263 OPS through 22 games for the Cardinals, leading the league in slugging percentage and OPS while ranking second in batting average, homers, and RBIs.

I liked the Cardinals’ decision to sign Berkman to a one-year, $8 million deal, but my question was whether he’d bounce back enough offensively from a career-worst season to make up for some ugly defense. His glove in right field has been every bit as shaky as expected, but so far at least the 35-year-old Berkman is hot enough at the plate that no one cares.

  1. BC - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Milo Hamilton <—— Chipwich

  2. jstrizzle - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    “Lance Berkman returns to Houston with eight hits and seven RBIs in three games”

    It is not RBIs! That literally means Runs Batted Ins. Stop doing that!

    • paperlions - Apr 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      That’s actually not how acronyms work. When acronyms refer to a single entity, such as RBI or RPM, adding an “s” to the end is the proper form for pluralization.
      .
      If you are gonna be a grammar Nazi, at least be correct.

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM

        For a hundred years, long before there were nazis, it was RBIs. Get off my lawn chipwich.

      • jstrizzle - Apr 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        RBI does not refer to a single entity. It refers to Run or Runs Batted In. A guy can have 1 RBI or 7 RBI.

        Just because saying RBIs is more accepted than POW, WMD, or RPM does not make it correct.

        But congrats to Lance Berkman and his 7 RBIs batted in for runs.

      • paperlions - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        Sure it does. It refers to a single run batted in; the run is the unit and “batted in” modifies that unit (just as “of war” modifies prisoners and “per minute” modifies revolutions”).
        .
        And what makes it correct are rules of grammar and pluralization. In all of your example, the correct pluralization is to add an “s” to the acronym. All you have to do is do a quick search for grammar rules and to discover that this is correct. Multiple runs batted in are RBIs, they are not RBI, nor are they RsBI.

      • spudchukar - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        …izzle, it is common sense, as PL has demonstrated. Even if you choose to ignore “rules of grammar”, which at times can be inconsistent, your method leaves no manner to distinguish singular from plural. It is why we have rules, for function. Unless you choose the horrendous route of RsBI, adding the small “s” to the end of an acronym is the only way to discern one from many. Plus your example of “But congrats to Lance Berkman and his 7 RBIs batted in for runs” proves no point, it is redundant and excessive. Ask Occam, who would congratulate Berkman for his 7 RBIs.

      • BC - Apr 29, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        Shouldn’t it be R’sBI then?

      • jstrizzle - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:40 PM

        I stand corrected. Well, I may have to say it then but I don’t have to like it!

  3. spudchukar - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    If the voting were to be conducted today, Berkman would be the deserving choice for Player of the Month in the NL. Unless, Tulo or Braun have a monster 2 days, he should receive the majority of votes.

    • bigdicktater - Apr 29, 2011 at 8:10 PM

      Whatever you say, Mrs. Berkman.

  4. cintiphil - May 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Actually, the term should be R’s B I, but it doesn’t ring like RBI’s does.Lets leave it alone.

    The term we use is RBI’s

  5. jeffa43 - May 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    With every Berkman dinger…. Ed Wade gets closer to the axe…. Someone buy the Astros and fire that clown…..

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