Big day over at SportsWorld.
Unless the game changes dramatically, I think George Brett’s run at .400 in 1980 might be the last one we see in our lifetime. Of course, it depends what you mean when you say “run at .400.” There are some players since then — John Olerud, Larry Walker, Todd Helton, even Barry Bonds — who have sort of closed in on .400, but not really. And, of course, we were all robbed of what no doubt WOULD have been Tony Gwynn’s great run at .400 in 1994, when the season was stopped in mid-August. But it wasn’t to be.
Brett was hitting .400 on September 18. That’s a run. That’s a very real dance with batting average’s magic number and it came with all the pressure and intense coverage of a real .400 run. With strikeouts up, with defenses shifting, with hard-throwing bullpens, I’m not sure .400 is possible anymore. It never was easy. Anyway, I write about George’s .400 run.
The Serena-Venus match on Tuesday was one of the more emotional sporting events I’ve ever seen. As I wrote, it wasn’t exactly “competitive,” as that word is most often used. It was, instead, two soloists trying to sing louder. It really was remarkable.