Not all surprises are bad.
Carlos Santana possesses a mix of power and poise that has had manager Terry Francona in awe at times.
One of those times was Thursday, when Santana drew four walks in Cleveland’s 12-3 rout over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Tribe’s regular catcher, who played first Thursday, mixed in a bunt single and ended the evening with three runs scored.
“That was unbelievable,” Francona said on Friday. “We were talking about that in the dugout — the guys were, too. I can’t imagine doing that, having the patience. Because he swings almost violent, and he doesn’t miss that much when he gets to two strikes. And he takes his walks and he swings at good pitches. It’s amazing.”
Santana became the first Indians batter to draw four walks in one game since July 19, 2008, when Grady Sizemore did so against the Mariners. Santana was the first Tribe hitter with at least one hit, three runs and four walks since Ellis Burks accomplished the feat against the Twins on Sept. 29, 2001.
These are a few of the things Brad Nowell loved: surfing; eating; drugs; his dog, Louie; his son, Jakob; his wife, Troy; and music – maybe music most of all. He grew up gifted and musically inclined: His mother was a singer with perfect pitch, and his father liked to strum folk songs on the guitar. At Christmas, the acoustic guitars would come out and Brad would spend hours playing and singing with his father, grandfather and uncle. He devoured sounds, and could pick out a tune on the guitar after hearing it once. By the time he was 13, he’d started his own band, Hogan’s Heroes.
Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell died 17 years ago today.