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Wild Things: Dubious Record Would Make Sheen and Robbins Proud

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 31:  Mike Napoli # 44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits on deck to hit against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on May 31, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Bill MartinezContributor IJune 24, 2009

Lost in the shuffle of the Los Angeles Angels getting pounded by the Colorado Rockies on Monday was a record that evoked memories of fictional pitchers Ricky Vaughn and Nuke LaLoosh.

The Angels tied a club record on Monday with six wild pitches in the team's 11-1 loss, a record that had stood alone for over 18 years.

How long had it been since an Angels pitching staff had been so bad with its control?

The No. 1 drama on NBC's Must See TV Thursday was L.A. Law, the initial Persian Gulf War was still in the planning stages, Tiger Woods was a high school phenom in Cypress, CA and the Cincinnati Reds were the defending World Series champions.

As each succeeding pitcher uncorked wild pitch after wild pitch, I couldn't help but feel sorry for Mike Napoli.

An average defensive catcher who is in the majors because of his home run power, Napoli had the kind of night where not only an ice pack or two was in order, but also an endorsement for the company that makes his chest protector.

Luckily for the Angels staff and Napoli, it was only one game and the odds of it happening again any time soon are remote. Still, if I was Napoli, I would pray to the baseball gods and hope that he is nowhere near the lineup the next time that it does.

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