|Shayne Van Der Hijde||1||1||1||2||2||0||1.000|
|Joseph Richardson (L)||2.0||4||7||6||5||0||0||9.12|
|Chris Davenport (W)||5.0||2||0||0||0||4||0||5.43|
Biggs Remembers Condiments to Inspire VictoryUpdated Monday May 28, 2018 by Justin Biggs.
The Mudcats began a new tradition this season by having a post game BBQ after every game. The BBQs are simple yet effective for protein and carb loading for the team's recovery workouts hosted by D-Rob the next day. No matter the outcome on the field, each player has the opportunity to contribute to the team BBQ by bringing items such as: smokies, buns, condiments, napkins, snacks, or anything else the individual deems fit for the BBQ. Should a player forget one item, like Biggs did Friday night when he forgot the condiments, team morale can be negatively effected as the Mudcats relied on late game heroics from Arthurs to secure a victory Friday night against the Expos.
Against the Twins Sunday afternoon at Walnut Grove, it was imperative that Biggs remembered to bring the condiments for the post-game BBQ. The Mudcats dutifully reminded Biggs well before the game to bring the condiments, Biggs replied that there was no way he would forget again.
Biggs arrived to the field to witness the Mudcats in high spirits and talking with anticipation about the post-game BBQ. The conversation focused on the selection of condiments to compliment the smokies. Said Craig Valach, "nothing beats a smokie with one stripe of ketchup on one side and one stripe of mustard on the other". Colin Cousins disagreed preferring to double up each side of the smokie with a stripe of both ketchup and mustard. Brady Morrison, the eccentric Centre fielder chimed in, "what you have to do is dab mustard on both sides of the bun then zigzag ketchup over the smokie.
That's when it dawned on Biggs that he forgot the condiments again. Biggs searched the nearby waterpark for someone willing to share their condiments as Biggs was unwilling to disappoint his teammates yet again. That's when Biggs stumbled across little Johnny who was having a picnic with his parents. Little Johnny was ill last weekend and didn't get to enjoy the sunshine until today.
Biggs told Little Johnny how much it would mean to the Mudcats if they could have his nice, new, unopened pack of condiments for their post-game BBQ but Little Johnny was reluctant. "Gee, I don't know mister", said Little Johnny. Biggs suggested that the Mudcats could sign a baseball for Little Johnny but he would not budge. Then Little Johnny had an idea, "what if you hit a homerun for me, I've never seen a homerun in real life". Biggs was hesitant, "homeruns are really hard to hit kid, I can't promise you that". That's when Little Johnny's face lit up, "if you can hit two homeruns for me I'll give you the condiments". Little Johnny was firm with his position and Biggs walked away distraught thinking how he would break the bad news that the Mudcats would go without condiments again.
Once the game started, the Mudcats were clearly inspired that Biggs remembered the condiments and soon hope would befall Biggs. With two outs and and runners on first and second, Biggs launched a homerun over the Centre field fence to give the Mudcats a 3-0 lead. The Mudcats added two more runs in the second and three more in the third to build a 8-0 lead.
The lead would be more than enough for starting pitcher Chris Davenport who was usual self. Davenport hammered the strike zone and kept the Twins hitters off-balanced and unable to mount a comeback.
The Mudcats would then put the game out of reach with a five run inning in the fourth capped off by a Scott Arthurs opposite field homerun. With the game out of reach in the fifth, Brady Morrison would hit his first career PMBL homerun, which would spark suspicions from the Twins that some Mudcats players were using HGH. A spokesperson for the Twins said after the game that when the normally diminutive Centre fielder Morrsion arrived at the park standing 6'2, 220lbs, "we suspected something was amiss". The spokesperson for the Twins continued, "several Twins players saw dozens of smokies fall out of Morrison's bag as he got ready for the game. A player like Morrison will not grow so quickly eating smokies alone, we suspect Manager Chris Smith has been doctoring the smokies with HGH. We will consult the PMBL union and will consider filing a protest".
As the game neared completion, Biggs stepped up for his final at bat of the game and still needed another homerun to secure the condiments from Little Johnny for the Mudcats post game BBQ. Biggs found himself in a favourable 2-0 count but it looked as if he would not get a pitch to hit. Biggs gave a distraught sigh as he stepped back into the batters box knowing he let the Mudcats down by forgetting the condiments. When the pitcher released the ball, Biggs' eyes fixed on the pitch and he belted another three run homerun over the Centre field fence.
The Mudcats cleared the dugout and Little Johnny raced to the field in jubilation holding the condiments high above his head. Biggs took the condiments from Little Johnny and picked up the youngster and carried him off the field on his shoulder and raising the condiments high in the air with his other hand.
The Mudcats are back in action tommorrow night in a rematch of their 3-0 loss to the BlueJays.