We’re usually not fans of the Bob Brenly school of “unwritten rules” and all, but this story kind of made us rethink our stance. Mitch Hilligoss, a 21-year-old third base prospect for the Yankees, had a 35-game hitting streak going into Wednesday night’s game. That tied him for the second longest minor league streak in the past 20 years.
He started the game 0-for-3 with a walk and it appeared he was down to his final at bat of the night, in the seventh inning. With his team leading the Columbus Catfish 7-4, and the streak in jeopardy, Hilligoss totally bitched his way into continuing the streak. He dropped a bunt down the third-base line on the first pitch, reaching first base without a throw.
Now here’s the funny part. Charleston blew the lead, falling behind 8-7, which allowed Hilligoss another plate appearance in the ninth inning. He grounded out to third and Columbus won 8-7. Ain’t karma a bitch? Come on man, get and keep a hit streak the right way, not with a cheap bunt when your team is up by three late in the game. You don’t bunt for a base hit to extend a hitting streak when you’re up three runs, just like you don’t steal bases when you’re up big. I mean look what’s happened to Ben Davis’ career since the whole breaking up Curt Schilling’s perfect game in 2001. We think what he did was fine in that instance, but you can’t argue with what karma has dished out there.
So now this kid has the second longest minor league hitting streak in 20 years at 36 games. Joey Cora had the longest, 37 games in 1989, for Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. This kind of thing isn’t as bad as say cheating to beat one of the most hallowed record in sports, but it still irks me. I hope this kid hates himself for what he’s done. In the same way I hate myself for thinking Avril Lavigne is hot all of a sudden. Seriously, I can’t stand myself for it. Her new song is so annoying I want to fall on a grenade when I hear it, but I can’t change the channel when the video is on. Someone please help me.
We wondered where a douche like this could have come from and what kind of education he received growing up. We looked into it, and now we totally understand. Hilligoss played college baseball at Purdue. He went to Purdue and is in the Yankees farm system? It all makes perfect sense now. Man we really hate this kid now. Puck Furdue and screw the Yankees.