For those of you on the East Coast who go to bed at a reasonable hour and don’t wait up for late baseball finals, Wednesday morning ESPN brought highlights of some historic doings in the LA Angels 18-9 (!) thrashing of the NY Yankees (who play particularly bad in Anaheim and have a losing record against the Halos in the Joe Torre era). Garret Anderson, the Angels’ 34-year-old outfielder supposedly on the downside of a nice career, went 4 for 6 with 2 HRs and 2 doubles for a club-record total of 10 RBIs in the first six innings. Though it had been done 12 times before in MLB history (and coincidentally, 12 is the one game RBI record–accomplished twice in the NL), no one had ever achieved the feat against the Yankees.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle of remarkable accomplishments, Alex Rodriguez also hit 2 HRs (giving him 42) and drove in 3 runs (giving him 121 RBIs). This makes A-Rod the only other player in MLB history besides Babe Ruth with six seasons of 40+ homers and 120+ RBIs. And there’s still six weeks left in the season! We may just be watching the greatest baseball player who ever lived.