-Cubs HR 2011: Total: 148 – Solo: 82 – 2-R: 47 – 3-R: 19 – Grand Slams: 0
-Opponents: Total: 162 – Solo: 86 – 2-R: 50 – 3-R: 18 – Grand Slams: 8
-Cubs with 3-HR Game: zero
-Cubs with 2-HR Game: Soriano (2), Pena (1), Aramis (1), Soto (1)
-Cubs Inside The Park: Tony Campana (1), 8/5 vs. Cincinnati (Mike Leake)
-Cubs Three Consecutive Games With HR: Carlos Pena, 6/20-22
-Cubs Back-to-Back HR: Soriano & Soto, Pena & Aramis, Aramis & Soto, Soto & Soriano, Aramis & Pena
-Cubs Pinch-Hit HR: Reed Johnson, Geo Soto, Mike DeWitt, Bryan LaHair
-Cubs Walk-Off HR: Reed Johnson, 4/20 vs. S.D., Geo Soto, 6/30 vs. S.F.
Jose Bautista hits 50 home runs and baseball fans talk about 50 dingers like it means something again. Really?
Albert Pujols hit 47 last year. Ryan Howard hit 48. Just three years ago A-Rod (54) and Prince (50) hit the 50-mark. Heck, in 2006 Howard hit 58, David Ortiz 54!
Bautista’s achievement, albeit a terrific one, isn’t exactly remarkable.
The guy’s hit 50 home runs, which is very respectable, but it’s not 60, and it’s not 70. To speak as though is silly.
It seems baseball fans want Bautista’s mark to mean more than is really does.
No question it’s our way of moving forward from the Steroids Era.
We want our sacred records back, and of course, more 50 homer seasons to cheer for. But this time around we want them clean, we want them real.
We want Jose Bautista, not A-Fraud.
Sure, 50 is worth celebrating, but to think we’ll never see 50 again, c’mon!