The Prince That Has Become King
LeBron James has his "witnesses", but to Prince Fielder, we are all his "subjects".
Fielder is a jack of all trades, and he came up aces once again Saturday, June 27, against the San Francisco Giants.
First, a quick game recap.
With the Brewers down 4-0 in the sixth inning, Prince...er King...Fielder crushed a three-run homer to the right field bleachers off Barry Zito, and was followed by Casey McGehee going solo with the very next pitch from a new pitcher.
Game tied at fours.
Trevor Hoffman enters in the ninth in a tie-game situation and proceeds to allow two runs. Uh-oh, and 6-4 Giants.
Milwaukee manages to tie it once again, which sets up the dramatics for Fielder. With runners on first (J.J. Hardy) and second (Corey Hart), Fielder delivers a 2-2 pitch down the right field line.
Game over. Brewers win 7-6 and guarantee a series win against Frisco.
The entire team rushes to Hart, who scored the winning run, then make a mad dash for Fielder, who was standing just behind the mound, with both arms toward the sky.
Boy, I wonder what St. Louis thinks of THESE antics?
Prince has always been "keeper of the drama" in Milwaukee, as he carried the team at the end of last year.
Once again, he has the 24 other guys on his back, and has quickly become one of the most feared hitters in the game.
Here's a quick view of Fielder's stats, showing why the new name is in order.
2005: 39 G, 59 AB, 17 H, two HR, 10 RBI, two BB, 17 K, .288/.306/.458/.764
2006: 157 G, 569 AB, 82 R, 154 H, 35(2B), 28 HR, 81 RBI, 59 BB, 125 K, seven SB, .271/..347/..483/.830
2007: 158 G, 573 AB, 109 R, 165 H, 35(2B), 50 HR, 119 RBI, 90 BB, 121 K, .288/.395/.618/1.013
2008: 159 G, 588 AB, 86 R, 162 H, 30(2B), 34 HR, 102 RBI, 84 BB, 134 K, .276/.372/.507/.879
2009 (through 6/27): 74 G, 263 AB, 44 R, 79 H, 18(2B), 19 HR, 73 RBI, 53 BB, 65 K, .300/.420/.601/1.210
Career: 587 G, 2,052 AB, 323 R, 577 H, 122(2B), 7(3B), 133 HR, 385 RBI, 288 BB, 462 K, .282/.377/.545/.922
Fielder isn't short on the heroics, nor the drama, and Milwaukee has rewarded him because of it.
Before the start of the season, the club signed him to a two-year/$18 million deal, avoiding two years of arbitration. The deal also opens a window of signing the slugger long-term, like his partner in crime Ryan Braun.
If the Brewers are able to lock up those two youngsters for the long haul (Braun through 2015), imagine the damage that will be done in the National League Central Division by those two bats.
But from now, through at least the 2010 season, all Brewers fans should enjoy the show being put forth by the 5-11, 268-pound, 25-year-old from Ontario, California; also known as Prince Semien Fielder.
Also, any one that watches a game in Miller Park during that time must realize the royalty that they face, for they are now watching the King perform in his castle.
*photo: Morry Gash, AP
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