St. Louis’ Allen Craig had no chance of getting another pinch-hit RBI off Texas reliever Alexi Ogando in Game 3 of the World Series.
Craig pulled off that feat to win Game 1, then did it again for the first run in Game 2. But his success earned him a spot in the starting lineup Saturday night. He was batting second and playing right field, with Lance Berkman moving to designated hitter.
His great roll continued with a solo homer in his first at-bat Saturday night.
Craig is the first player to have two pinch hits in a single World Series. For them to come in his first two World Series at-bats, and both to be so crucial, is pretty incredible. For them to come off the same pitcher, and on virtually the same pitch in the same spot is “kind of weird,” Craig said.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton says he might be playing with a sports hernia rather than a groin injury. He will worry about it after the World Series.
He missed a month during the 2009 season after surgery for what was eventually diagnosed as a sports hernia. Hamilton says it’s a non-factor for him right now and that he is “going to get through it.”
Going into Saturday night’s game, Hamilton was hitting .250 with no homers in 48 postseason at-bats.
EPSTEIN JOINS CUBS
Theo Epstein is joining the Chicago Cubs as president of baseball operations.
The 37-year-old Epstein resigned from the Boston Red Sox with a year remaining on his contract as general manager to run a team that has gone 103 years without a World Series championship.
With Epstein at the helm, the Red Sox ended an 86-year World Series championship drought in 2004 and won the title again in 2007.
The teams negotiated for more than a week over compensation the Red Sox would receive for letting Epstein out of his contract. In the end, they decided to put off that issue, saying it would be resolved in the near term.
The Red Sox are expected to announce assistant GM Ben Cherington as Epstein’s replacement.
LOOKING GOOD, BROOKS
A statue of Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson has been unveiled outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.Robinson and his wife Connie joined hundreds of fans at a ceremony to unveil the 9-foot-tall bronze statue depicting Robinson at third base preparing to throw out a runner at first base.