This morning, following the Kurt Suzuki signing, closer Glen Perkins welcomed his soon-to-be teammate by recanting a story of Suzuki launching what can only be presumed to be a mammoth PING shot off of the then-starter for the University of Minnesota in the 2004 NCAA Regionals.
Or did he?
According to the box score, Perkins went the distance (8 IP, 10 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned, 6 Ks and no walks) and did not allow a home run in the game LET ALONE A HIT to Suzuki (Suzuki went 0-for-4). Perkins did, however, surrender a long one to Suzuki in March of that year during a non-conference game (a 2-run shot).
But that’s beside the point.
In his tweet, Perkins referred to the game as the “’04 CWS Regionals”. The CWS, of course, standing for the College World Series. Former Twin and new Kansas City Royal Danny Valencia responded to Perkins’ claim by noting that the College World Series is for those who, you know, actually make the College World Series.
Miami did not reach the CWS in 2004: that honor went to Suzuki’s unranked Cal-State Fullerton, who ultimately won the tournament over the number one seeded Texas.
ANYWAY. Fun interaction among professional athletes, right?