AARON BLEEPIN' BOONE
To the casual baseball fan, a single up the middle might not be as sexy as a grand slam or a 500-foot tape measure home run. It is tough, though, to find a bigger hit in the Indians' season than the one Aaron Boone got last night--not his early-game home run to left but instead his two-out, two-strike single to center to bring in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning. The result? The Indians win 7-5 over the White Sox. The divisional gap now sits at 2.5 games.
This guy might have not have hit his weight in April or May, and even lately he has been slumping, but he is exactly what the Indians will need for the stretch run and/or playoffs. A clutch, ice water-in-the-veins, hitter. The Indians may be hitting a lot of home runs lately, but it will be singles to center that win the ones that count the most.