Tom pointed out to me a great Orioles milestone I neglected to mention: on Sunday, April 19, against the Florida Marlins, ex-Oriole Daniel Cabrera came to the plate against Chris Volstad and grounded out. It was the first at-bat of his career in which he did not strike out.
But Cabrera’s day of slugging wasn’t over. In the 5th, he came up with runners on first and second and two outs, his team already up 3-1, facing another former Oriole prospect, Hayden Penn. This is a situation for Hayden Penn where Daniel Cabrera is the person you’d just about most like to see step to the plate in the entire world. And Cabrera walked. I repeat: for the first time in his six-year major-league career, Daniel Cabrera has reached first base.
500 home runs, phooey; this is a batting achievement I can get excited about.