This article is the second of my new series, Behind the Pitch, exploring the pitchers who let up some of the most important hit's ever. To see my first one exploring Barry Bond's record breaking home run, click here. Today: Craig Biggio's 3,000th hit.
Biggio had a great career, and his a sure-fire Hall of Famer. He was very versatile, and highly lovable.
His 3000th hit was very interesting: It was a single that Craig tried to stretch into a double, and got tagged out in doing so. But, nevertheless, the hit stands. Who let it up?
It was Rockie's pitcher Aaron Cook who let up the hit.
Cook still plays today, for the same team, in fact. Last year, he went 11-6, the year before he had compiled 16 wins in all.
Cook's career up to that point had been interesting: He was hospitalized for blood clots in 2004 while playing on the Reds. In 2005, post going to Colorado, he won the Tony Conigilaro award for his recovery, after compiling 7 wins with a 3.01 ERA in the last months of the season.
2007 was an average year for Cook: 8-7, 4.12 ERA. Only difference was, he hung a pitch badly, and Craig Biggio hit it into right center field for his 3000th hit.
Now, Aaron Cook can forever have his named etched into the history books: He let up a great man's (Craig Biggio's) 3000th hit in his great and long career.
Aaron Cook: He's behind the pitch that became Craig Biggio's 3000th hit.