Grote’s Gripes: Beat The Streak


Thanks to my good friend Angry Ward, I have joined in on an contest called Beat The Streak. The basis for the contest is to pick a player or two per day that gets at least one hit. If you can beat Joe DiMaggio’s streak of 56 consecutive games then you win $5.6 million. This is the second year of the contest and nobody has won yet. The best streak this year has been 32 games. Hell, Luis Castillo (lower c) had a 35-game hitting streak back in ’02, so anything can happen. I dare you to head over to and join me and Angry Ward in trying to beat Mr. Coffee’s streak.

I have decided to look at some of the other streaks in baseball and have found some amazing ones. These are streaks that could be played like the game and would be a hell of a lot of fun to follow.

8 Consecutive Games Hitting A HR – Ken Griffey Jr. (’93 Mariners), Dale Long (’56 Pirates), Don Mattingly (’87 Yankees) Now that MLB has gotten tough with steroids, the days of the Luis Gonzalezes and Brady Andersons hitting 50 homers a year are over. I remember Mattingly’s streak going down to the last at bat in Texas to get to 8. Poor Donnie Baseball might not make it to 9 consecutive more games as Dodgers manager.

84 Consecutive Games Reaching Base Safely – Ted Williams (’49 Red Sox) Talk about a ridiculous streak. Williams reached base for more than half the season straight. If you are able to beat this streak you actually win Ted’s frozen head.

Jason_Bay shot out of cannon Meet_The_Matts14 Consecutive Games With an Extra Base Hit – Paul Waner (’27 Pirates), Chipper Jones (’06 Braves) Chipper was a pretty damn good player, wasn’t he? I’ve seen Mets teams go a fortnight without an extra base hit so for these guys to get one everyday for two weeks is wild. If you beat this streak you win Jason Bay’s head.

17 Consecutive Games With an RBI – Ray Grimes (’22 Cubs) – What can I say about old Grimesy? He had 27 of his 263 career RBI’s during this seventeen game span. Bud Harrelson had two seasons in his 15 year career with more RBI’s than Grimes had in his 17 game streak. If you beat this streak you win Woody Harrelson’s head shop.


Bert stole bases,threw bats and played all 9 positions in a game!

12 Consecutive Games With a Stolen Base – Bert Campaneris, (’69 Athletics) – This might be the toughest streak to break because you have to get on base 12 games in a row to even have a chance to steal a base. In 2002, Ruben Rivera went twelve consecutive games stealing items from Yankee teammate’s lockers until he was caught stealing Derek Jeter’s glove. Alfonso Soriano didn’t realize his glove was missing because he had no idea what a glove was.

6 Consecutive Games With a Shutout – Don Drysdale (’68 Dodgers) – The only consecutive game streak for a pitcher that merits being on here. There were only 52 shutouts in all of baseball last season so it would be nearly impossible to pick 7 shutouts throughout the course of the year.

Come back tomorrow to see if Angry Ward’s streak of 243 consecutive weekly columns continues… Right now, it doesn’t look good.

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Grote2DMax (aka Kevin McGrory) is another of our Bronx-raised, urban white trash writers. Having grown up with Angry Ward, Cheesy Bruin, The Public Professor, JG Clancy (Mattville’s Otis of Mayberry) and Tall Matt. What’s really odd about him, however, is that he and Tall Matt both liked the NFL Rams and MLB Mets?! Bouncing twin boys, Matt & Matt, have forced him to hang up his keyboard to keep his lovely bride from socking him – and us – in the nose… but he still tosses a gem every now and then and can be seen on Twitter – @Grote2DMax. We’re luck to have him.

  • I think Ray Grimes was one of my High School English teachers.

    • No, that was Ms. Gay Rhymes.

    • Grote2Dmax

      They called him Mister Grimes.

  • Two things.. I thought that title was ‘Beat the Steak,’ and thought…’Man.. this site is going to the dogs.’ I also would like to add… that after Soriano forgot to put the glove up before the ball came sailing to his face, he a time of some pretty good playing… too bad it was with the Cubbies.

    • Do you think Soriano regrets dogging it with the Yanks, prompting Derek Jeter to give his blessing on acquiring A-Rod? At the time, Al-Sori was a top player. Heck, he still hit with nobody around him in Chi-Town… Further, if he had hustled and stayed, they’d never have had the silliness with A-Roid and could have had Soriano playing left all these years.

      • What did Soriano in in New York was his awful 2003 postseason. Somehow he managed to have more strikeouts than plate appearances in the World Series against the Marlins.

        • bosoxbruins04

          But that was when Josh Beckett was a stud.

      • I was NOT happy to see Soriano go.

    • Grote2Dmax

      I was thinking of shoot the freak comparisons when I was writing but never went anywhere with it.

  • AngryWard

    My streak ends tomorrow. Hope McCarthy read the e-mail. The Ruben Rivera line cracked me up.

    • Short Matt is “on-location” – which means the streak lives!

    • Sam’s-A-Fan

      Oh man, I took the over 245 on AW’s streak! Dang!

    • Grote2Dmax

      Say it ain’t so. I’m like the Sports Illustrated jinx.

    • I call bullshit. Bullshit.

  • I don’t even think Jason bay wants Jason bay’s head.

    • Grote2Dmax

      Too true.

  • WestCoastCraig

    Was it true that Grimes–or Grimey to his friends–lived above a bowling alley,and beneath another bowling alley?

    Near the peak of Steinbrenner’s dickishness (right before Howard Spira), I remember him actually chastising Mattingly during that homer streak, saying he was trying to hit home runs too much.

    (another pitcher streak to rival Drysdale’s–in fact, it was 1/3 of an inning better–is Hershiser’s conseucutive scoreless innings at 59).

    • Grote2Dmax

      That Hershiser streak was insane too in that he beat Drysdale by 1/3 of an inning.

  • jgclancy

    Wonder what lower c is up to these days? And someone please explain to me how Jason Giambi…yes, washed up 43 year old Jason Giambi is still in MLB and playing for the Indians.

    Well my A’s have more wins than Los Mets so all is good in the world.
    Go A’s!! Go Knicks! Go Rangers!….who knows when I’ll get to post again!

    Anybody getting that plan for a day at the races organized yet……we need to kill another sure thing!

    • Grote2Dmax

      Gumby is actually batting 4th for the Indians with Swisher hitting 3rd. Man it seems like a long season by the lake.

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