Monday, August 13, 2007

Chasing Barr: Bobby Jenks


Yesterday afternoon Bobby Jenks tied a record that you've probably never heard of. It's not quite as popular as Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played or Joe Dimaggio's 56 game hitting streak but Jim Barr's 41 consecutive batters retired is an incredible feat that had not been equaled by anyone in Major League history until Jenks did it on Sunday. It's hard to put into words how impressive this actually is. It's hard enough to retire a major league hitter but Jenks, being a closer, has to face everyone in a pressure packed situation with the game on the line every single time. A closer look at the streak shows that since blowing a save against the Indians on July 17, he has made 13 consecutive appearances without hitting anyone, walking anyone or allowing a hit. Pretty remarkable stuff. His official line for the streak is 13 2/3 innings pitched, no walks, no hits, no runs and 13 strikeouts. No one seems to be talking about this though and I'm pretty sure it's because it's the White Sox and sadly, no one really gives a shit about the White Sox. Plus Jenks looks like a huge joke. Whatever. If this were Mariano Rivera or Jonathon Papelbon I think ESPN would literally hire someone to suck their respective dicks. On a side note, I have a pretty fun fact about Jenks. He never even played a single inning for his high school because his grades were so low that he was considered academically ineligble for his entire career. Now I'm not exactly sure what the minimum GPA needed is but it seems like you have to be dumb as shit to be ineligible for that long. Regardless, I think we can all agree that Jenks is a badass. The White Sox next game is Tuesday against the A's so it looks like he'll get a chance to break the record at some point in Oakland. However, knowing how bad the Sox are he may not get a save situation for awhile. So stay tuned.

8 Comments:

Buzzsaw said...
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Buzzsaw said...

What a picture, I can't tell if he's throwing a pitch or building a dam.

... "comment deleted" really takes the steam out of a comment, is there anyway to get rid of that??

Daris said...

sweet article mike. thats a really impressive record.

sockless dilemma said...

stupid? I think not. Failing to apply himself. Most likely. He looks like a very intelligent guy.

Guy said...

BigLots,

Do you still have that picture of Big Jenks on your computer desk from the WS victory?

Anonymous said...

you are the man big lots. finally some great stories about a great team!!!

mjenks said...

Sadly...I'm not related to him. That I know of. He does kind of look like my uncle...sort of.

Who am I kidding? I suck.

Buzzsaw said...

No Jenks, you don't suck. Your uncle might suck though if you looks like Bobby Jenks.