Thu Jul 01 03:23am EDT
Nowhere on Major League Baseball's official calendar of events does it say anything about this being the Year of the Outrageously Bizarre Home Run Injury.
Luke Scott(notes) of the Baltimore Orioles qualified for the Hall of Strange on Wednesday night by straining his left hamstring rounding first base after connecting on a solo homer in the seventh inning.
This is why the O's can't have nice things.
Yeah, but how does a fit lad such as Scott strain a hamstring during a home-run trot?
Hustle, that's how!
"When I hit the ball, I knew I hit it good, but I hit it kind of high. I couldn't tell if it was going to go over," Scott said. "My thought process coming around first base was the outfielders are both converging and I wanted to make sure if the ball caroms off the wall, I'd be standing at third base.
"So I kind of turned it up as I was getting ready to come around. And when I came around first base it kind of cramped up, my hamstring cramped up and, when my leg went forward, it pulled."
Scott's drive, incidentally, gave the O's back-to-back homers for just the third time this season. The first homer had been hit by Ty Wigginton(notes), who happened to be penciled into the lineup at first base.
That's right — the Orioles finally got a first baseman to hit a home run. (All praise to Eddie Murray!) They came into play with the worst production in the majors from first base: In 308 plate appearances among first basemen, no homers.
But, just as somebody goes deep (and then someone else follows with another homer) the reward is going home on crutches and, probably, a trip to the disabled list.
"I am glad the ball went out, but this is frustrating," said Scott, who has hit safely in six of his last seven games. "When I start feeling like this [at the plate] a lot of good things happen. But that's life. [I've] got to dig down, get on my knees, say my prayers and God will give me the strength to get through it."
Scott has an admirable attitude. It must be really hard to keep that going on the O's.
And, do you think God would be OK with Scott praying while seated?
• For a diagnostic look at Scott's gimpy jaunt around the bases, check Wezen-Ball's irrepressible Tater Trot Tracker.
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