Mon Jul 27 11:03pm EDT
Man, are the Washington Nationals on a good news run or what?
One day after receiving some walkoff magic from Austin Kearns, the Nats added to their good vibes when Josh Willingham(notes) hit two grand slams during Washington's 14-6 win over the Brewers on Monday.
Talk about making the right kind of history. After hitting the two blasts in the fifth and sixth innings, Willingham became only the third player in National League history to hit two grand slams in the same game. The other two NL players to do so were ex-Cardinal third baseman Fernando Tatis(notes), who hit two grannies off the same pitcher (Chan Ho Park(notes)) in the same inning in 1999 and Tony Cloninger, a Braves pitcher, who did it in 1966.
(In a strange coincidence, Tatis also hit a grand slam Monday in New York.)
But, yeah, we're talking about the rarest of the rare when it comes to MLB occurrences. If you thought last week's perfect game by Mark Buehrle(notes) was unique, you can combine the three multi-grand slam games in the NL with the 10 hit in the AL and still be well short of the 18 perfect games pitched in major league history.
As I said in the Kearns post, it's nice to see such a downtrodden team experience the high life and, really, this could have some added benefit for the Nationals. Willingham has been mentioned in a decent amount of trade rumors and this type of performance can surely never hurt four days before Friday's trading deadline.