Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Josh Hamilton or Big Brown? Who’s winning the Triple Crown?

Lots of Triple Crown talk this week as we gallop (pun!) to Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The optimistic folks in the Big Brown camp are pretty confident that the colt will run away (hehe!) from the field and make history.

The realistic folks in The Big Picture camp are fairly certain that Big Brown won’t win the race. Odds are he'll break a leg or ankle and be euthanized on live television, or after a drawn-out, tug-on-your-emotions national-media campaign. It is the current trend in horse racing, after all, and we aren’t ones to buck (giggle!) tradition. Besides, there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 despite a number of horsies to win the first two legs.

Meanwhile, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is flirting with the Major League Baseball version of the Triple Crown. We’re roughly a third of the way through the season and he’s leading the league in home runs (17) and RBIs (67), and second in batting average (.329 to Hideki Matsui's .332) through yesterday's games. Baseball hasn't had a Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, nor has it had a name so difficult to spell.

So, we ask you: Which Triple Crown is more likely to happen?

And yes, that headline rhymes. And yes, that is our best attempt to turn Josh Hamilton into a Big Brown Centaur.


GMoney said...

The real question is, which of these two has had more needles in them???

JMC said...

I think Big Brown has the better chance. The baseball triple crown is just so damn hard these days what with the amount of power needed to win the HR title.

Anonymous said...

people only like hamilton and his story 'cause he's white

imagine the hype big brown would get if he was big white...