It was the June of 1994 and our local lads, the Twins, ripped off 11 wins in 14 games to become briefly relevant in the newly created AL Central after playing .500 ball through the Spring. It was a momentous time. O.J. Simpson was soon to captivate the nation in his white Bronco, our great nation hosted the World Cup for the very first time, and Ken Griffey Jr. was on track to make Babe Ruth a #2.
This tale, on the other hand, can only be appreciated by a true Twins degenerate. I shall now regale you all with the story of Jeff Reboulet and Chip Hale swinging some hot bats. It all started innocuously enough on June 4th when Hale came on in relief of the sturdy Pat Meares in the midst of a 21-7 drubbing of the AL East celler dwelling Detroit Tigers and went 2 for 2 with a home run. Chip stayed hot and collected a pair of pinch hits for David McCarty and Pat Meares (once again) bringing us to the 10th of June where the story heats up.
On this day, White Sox ace Jack McDowell had dominated the Twins’ lineup through eight innings and came out for 9th to finish off what he had started with a comfortable 6-1 lead. Unfortunately for Black Jack, Chip Hale came on to pinch hit for Pat Meares for a third time in a week. Hale promptly lined a double to the gap and the floodgates were open. Shane Mack capped off the five run 9th with a three-run shot right off Roberto Hernandez, Dave Stevens pitched 1-2-3 10th, and the stage was set for Jeff Reboulet to enter the scene. Namely, he hit an infield single to second and scored the winning run on an Alex Cole walkoff dinger.
Reboulet stayed hot. He got the start at SS the next day as Kevin Tapani twirled a shutout. More importantly, Rebs went 3 for 3. As it now stands, Chip Hale had gotten hits in five consecutive at-bats while his benchmate Jeff Reboulet had done so in 4 straight at-bats. Would it continue?
You already know it did!TK moved that bat up the 2-hole as Reboulet spelled Scott Leius at 3B and rewarded his manager’s faith with three more knocks running his streak of consecutive hits to 7. Alas, the gods of BABIP intervened in the bottom of the 7th and Reboulet grounded out to short.
On to the 13th of June.A truly wretched Jim Deshaies was set to 'duel' surefire HOFer Roger Clemens. Things did not look good for the boys from Up North. However, Tom Kelly must have known he was dealing with matters of the arcane and wisely batted Chip Hale 7th and Jeff Reboulet 9th. The payoff was immense. Chip Hale smacked three singles eclipsing Jeff Reboulet’s seven straight hits with eight of his own. Not to be outdone, Reboulet contributed another three hits (including a double down the right field line that drove in the 4th and final run served up by Clemens) to conclude a sure to be satisfying 10 for 11 stint at the plate. Deshaies pitched six innings of 2-run ball and picked up the victory.
There you have it. The forgotten tale of a couple Twins utility players who got real hot for a week shortly before baseball went on strike.
Anyway. The lineups:
Edited by obtusebanter, 25 August 2019 - 09:35 AM.