2011: A Chiefs Odyssey – Jason’s Number 1
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.