SCOTT ROLEN HITS
HIS 300TH HOMER AGAINST THE TEAM THAT INTRODUCED HIM TO THE MAJORS
THREE HUNDRED FOR ROLEN
ROLEN HITS HIS 300TH HOMER AGAINST THE TEAM THAT INTRODUCED HIM TO THE
Scott Bruce Rolen
made his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on August 1, 1996.
Rolen hit 150 home runs for his former team during seven seasons. Like Babe
Ruth did with the Yankees against Boston, Rolen hit his 300th home run of
his career against the team that gave him his first gig in the major
During the fourth inning of Monday's game against the Phillies at Great
American Ballpark, Scott Rolen
belted a Kyle Kendrick pitch to left field. As the baseball bounced off
the foul pole and back onto the grass, Rolen rounded the bases for the 17th
time this season and the 300th time of his career. Rolen's two-run shot
broke open the scoreless game and led the Reds to a
7-3 victory over the Phillies.
"Everybody was pulling for him." Dusty
"Everybody was saying 'hit the foul pole, hit the foul pole!' because it
looked like that ball was going to go foul. That's a tremendous feat for a
player and man. So we're all very happy for Scotty."
At 35 years of age, Rolen is on his way to have his best season since 2004
in St. Louis (34 homeruns, 32 doubles, 124 RBI, .314 average) when he led
the Cardinals to a 105-win season. Rolen currently leads the Reds in home
runs (17), is second in RBI (53), and third in doubles (17) and average
(.301). Rolen has accomplished all this while playing in less games (70)
than any other everyday player.
Like Ken Griffey Junior's 500th career home run on Father's Day 2004, Scott
Rolen's 300th was also on a special occasion. Rolen's entire family was in
town to celebrate his parent's 45th wedding anniversary.
"We didn't talk about it at dinner,"
"My parents had their 45th wedding anniversary. That's the most important
thing. That achievement is bigger than this one, so let's leave that one to
itself. I was able to do it tonight."
Rolen's 300th home run was also
the fastest trot of the day
Tater Trot Tracker. At 18.29 seconds, Rolen took little time to enjoy his
modest milestone as he rarely does. Six of his seventeen homeruns this
season have been the speediest trot of the day.
Rolen's 300 career jacks tie him with hall-of-famer
for 127th on the all-time career home run list. Honorable names Rolen has
surpassed on the list include Rickey Henderson (297), Craig Biggio (291),
Will Clark (284), Eric Davis (282), Paul O'Neill (281), Ted Kluszewski
(279), and Roger Maris (275) among many others.
Scott Rolen has undeniably been a massive factor in the Reds' league leading
defense and offense this season. His experience and leadership has lifted
the Cincinnati Reds to the top of their division. Whether it's his seven
Gold Gloves (3rd all-time for third basemen), or his 300 career homeruns,
Scott Rolen and the Cincinnati Reds are a force to be reckoned with in the
Aaron Harang (6-7, 5.07) will face Roy Halladay (6-7, 2.29) and the Phillies
at 12:35 on Wednesday. The series is tied at one game a piece.
a matter of time until Sarge Jr. arrives
to redemption for Bats and Matthews alike
foursome deserves All-Star consideration
sees no reason to make a deal now
on FOX July 31st
wants to drench the carpets
streak is over