If you were downtown on Sunday, that loud CRACK you heard was Chris “Crush” Davis hitting his 37th home run against the Toronto Blue Jays and tying Reggie Jackson’s 1969 American League record for the most home runs hit before the All Star break. (In 2001, Barry Bonds hit 39… with some, um, chemical assistance.) That also makes four games in a row in which Davis has homered. The man is unstoppable!
Davis seems well on track to beat Roger Maris’s single season home run record of 61 (knock on wood). But then there’s the 73 homers that Bonds and his steroids hit in 2001. (Mark McGwire hit 70, and admitted to using drugs; Sammy Sosa, same thing.) So just how many home runs does Davis has to hit to make it into the record books? “I hadn’t really given it much thought until this year,” Davis himself has said. ” and after everything came out, I assumed 61 was the record. I think it’s what a lot of fans would agree on. Regardless, 73 home runs is ridiculous, especially in the ballpark he was playing in.”
But Davis is hardly a home run machine; case in point — he didn’t do so hot in last night’s home run derby. Even though he was the favorite going into the competition, he only ended up hitting 8 homers in the first round and 4 in the second. But that’s good, because now we don’t have to worry about him suffering from the Home Run Derby Curse in the second half of the season.
And Davis himself isn’t bummed at all: “It is definitely something I am glad I did, get out there and do something I’ve really dreamed about my whole life,” he said afterwards, according to the Baltimore Sun. “And it didn’t let me down, not disappointed in any way.” Glad to hear it, Chris — just keep saving those homers for the real games.