This week marks the 14th anniversary of perhaps the greatest week that a ballplayer ever had.
On May 23, 2002, Shawn Green was a one-man-gang. He tore through the Milwaukee Brewers, hitting four home runs in the game, tying and setting various ML records in the process.
Here's the sports page from the LA Times. Yes, I saved it.
Green tied the ML record for most home runs in a game (4).
Tied the ML record for most runs scored (6).
Tied the ML record for most extra-base hits (5) in a game. He hit a double in addition to the four homers.
He also broke Joe Adcock's record for most total bases in one game (19).
The next day he hit another homer and tied the ML record for most homers in two games (5).
The next day, May 25, fourteen years ago today, he set more marks in the record books.
He hit two more home runs to break the ML record for most homers in three games (7).
He finished off that incredible run by tying the NL record for home runs in one calendar week (9).
He's still got that beautiful southpaw swing, and just missed hitting one out against Chan Ho Park that day, banging one off the right-center field wall.
Congratulations and happy baseball anniversary, Mr. Green. Thanks for the memories.