Sunday, February 27, 2011
He Hit the F**kin' Bull
Another recent pickup, the 2011 Topps Nelson Cruz
We go to about three to six Oklahoma Redhawks games a year. On July 19, 2008 we were at the Bricktown Ballpark to see the Redhawks play the Memphis Redbirds. What a show we got to see. OKC beat Memphis 9 to 5 on the strength of 3 home runs and 5 RBIs from Nelson Cruz, including one that (if memory serves) cleared the billboards in left field and left the ballpark.
While trying to track down the actual date of that game, it became obvious that it came near the beginning of a 10 game tear for Nelson. Coming off the Pacific Coast League All-Star break, from July 18 to 27, Cruz went 20 for 49 with 11 home runs and 21 RBIs in 10 outings. During that period, he hit 0.408 with an amazing 1.082 slugging percentage. Not too long after that, Cruz got called up by the Rangers for good. The rest, as they say, is history.