Posted at 10:16 AM on July 11, 2005
by Ben Tesch
ESPN's Jayson Stark gives out his awards for the half-year. The Twins' Jason Bartlett and journeyman reliever Terry Mulholland tied for 5th place for best injury:
Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett ripped off a fingernail -- in his hotel room -- while trying to rotate the TV so he could watch a basketball game. And teammate Terry Mulholland missed a game when he rolled over in bed and a runaway feather from his pillow decided to insert itself in his eye.
LeCroy -- who is so nimble that the Twins have compiled an actual highlight video of the 8,000 times he has literally fallen down on the job -- is also one of those speedsters who makes Juan Castro look like Scott Podsednik.
But for some reason, he tried to go from first to third July 3 on what looked like a game-winning single by Mike Redmond. Which meant Torii Hunter (the runner on second) had to shift into late-breaking turbo to make sure he crossed home plate before LeCroy got tagged out at third.
Fortunately, LeCroy stampeded into third safely, with a slide that manager Ron Gardenhire said later looked more like "a man falling down a stairwell." So the run counted. The Twins won. And Gardenhire then told the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jim Souhan: "My goal is always to watch Matty slide -- because when Matty slides, that's more entertaining than baseball itself."
I don't know how much I can disagree with his more "serious" categories, such as Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero for MVPs, Roger Clemens and Roy Halladay for Cy Youngs, and Frank Robinson and Ozzie Guillen for best managers.