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Thursday, May 8, 2008

A cycle of cycles…and scalpers

The last time Gavin Floyd almost threw a no-hitter this season, the White Sox hit two grand slams in the same game the next day. Tonight, the day after Gavin Floyd almost through another no-hitter, it was Carlos Gomez of the Twins, not someone from the White Sox, who set a milestone hitting. He is only the second player to hit for a reverse cycle (hitting a HR, triple, double and single in that order) since MLB expanded to divisions in 1969. It is also:

1) The Twins’ first cycle in 22 years. Kirby Puckett hit for the last cycle in 1986.
2) The first player to hit a cycle versus the White Sox since Mike Blowers hit one 10 years ago on May 18, 1998 – a game the Ultimate Sports Wife and I witnessed.
3) The 3rd cycle I have seen. The 2nd occurring last spring on June 4, 2007

Tonight’s game was delayed by rain for over 90 minutes. I arrived “on time” for the game and paid $5 to a kid I actually recognized as a US Cellular Field scalper. He tried to sell me a fake ticket 4 years ago to the Cubs at White Sox series. He is probably 17 or 18 years old now. You know you are getting old when you can see scalpers “grow up.”



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