62 games and 3 plunks
he's 41 years old, he's got his 3,000 hits, and his lifetime pass to the hall of fame is all but punched. so, the pride of the astros has announced that he's hanging 'em up at the end of the season. dang. could craig biggio really just up and quit when he's only 3 plunks shy of the all-time record?
hughie "yeehah" jennings has held baseball's coveted hit-by-pitch record for over a century. mr. biggio is currently stuck on 285 to mr. jennings' 287, but the astro still has 62 games to catch the grandmaster and i'll be cheering him on.
maybe the record means more to me than it does to mr. biggio; but for my ability to take one for the team, my little league on-base percentage would have dipped far south of the mendoza line. still, i'm not the only one exhorting mr. biggio to lean in and crowd the plate. from plunkbiggio:
this site will be looking for those 3. 3 shall be the number of the counting and the number of th[e] counting shall be 3. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Okay, 4 or 5 would be great too, but 3 is the magic number.
go get 'em, craig. how often are you gonna use that left elbow in retirement, anyway?