2011: A Chiefs Odyssey: Kevin’s Number 11.
On May 1, Seth Bynum dove for a ground ball at second base, missed it, and stayed on the ground. An awkward hit of the ground meant a broken thumb for Bynum, and a nearly two-month long stay on the disabled list. The corresponding roster move was a promotion for a 28-year-old infielder hitting .220 at Double-A: Adam Fox.
Fox got off to a slow start, hitting just .125 in his first seven games. But Fox reached as high as .279 and ended at a very respectable .241 with the Chiefs, making just two errors in his 29 games as well while playing mostly strong defense. And off the field, the Chiefs’ players and front office members were charmed by the dancing (see above) and hitting skills of Adam’s young son, Brayden. (Follow him at twitter.com/gunnarfox)
When Bynum came back on June 24, Fox was the odd man out and returned to Double-A. He stayed there until August 15, when Tug Hulett went on the paternity list. Fox returned for just three games, but it didn’t take long for his most memorable moment of the season.
On August 16th, the Chiefs were having their way with the Gwinnett Braves. Syracuse scored in each of the first four innings and took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth, before adding three runs to extend the lead 9-4. With the bases then loaded and two outs, Fox stepped up for his first Triple-A at-bat in nearly two months…
The home run was one of just six total for Fox between Harrisburg and Syracuse this season – and Syracuse’s only pinch-hit grand slam of the year, for good measure. Jason, you enjoyed this one from a different vantage point, didn’t you?