2011: A Chiefs Odyssey – Jason’s Number 1

If Stephen comes back, we may now have to have a Strasmas pole installed at Alliance Bank Stadium.  Or pit Carlos Maldonado and ticket guru Josh Jones in the Feats of Strength.

#1: Four!

It’s not easy to do four of anything consecutively.  It’s not even easy to place four round tokens in a row:

As you can see from the instructive video, sometimes one of the tokens will skydive into your nearby bowl of popcorn, thwarting your attempt to place four in a row.

On May 14th, 2011, nothing–snack food or otherwise–stopped Michael Aubrey.

Entering the game, Aubrey had taken 59 at-bats in more than a month.  Over that time, he launched exactly as many home runs as my mom Sue, Kevin’s car Floyd (RIP) and Jesse and the Rippers: 0.  After belting 22 homers in 366 at-bats with Norfolk a year prior, this vast taiga of homerunlessness was rather unexpected.

On the Saturday in question, though, Aubrey let loose.

In the first inning, against Jeremy Hall, Aubrey did this:

Then, his next time up, Aubrey did this:

In the fourth inning, against reliever Chris Bootcheck, this:

And in the seventh, with reliever Ryan Reid seemingly disinterested in throwing to Aubrey, this:

Four times at the plate.  Four homers.  Unfathomable.  Here’s what a prescient Aubrey said the next day:

A perfect game and a four HR game.  In the same ballpark.  Less than three months apart.

A special season.  Enjoyed spending it with you readers and you, Kevin.  Finish us off.

1 Comment

Damn! I can’t believe I missed that game. I had my ticket in hand and was leaving for the ballpark when work called with an emergency I had to respond to! Damn, Damn, Damn!
Ya know, something similar happened years ago down in NY City. I’m down there visiting family over the 4th of July weekend, it’s hotter then a pistol, and I’m thinking, Jeeze, the Yanks are home, maybe they’ll be a breeze in the ballpark, but NOOOoooo! My wife says it’s too hot to watch baseball, and she won, we didn’t go and Dave Righetti pitches a perfect game…WTF!! LOL

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