While the Fourth of July was celebrated on Thursday, Friday saw a whole lot more in the world of fireworks on the field. Nine teams plated six or more runs with three of those teams hitting double-digits. Meanwhile, teams that didn’t post a high run total were victims of some dazzling pitching performances and fantasy owners who make their living off streaming starters seemed to come out unscathed for the most part. But the best part of the fireworks that we saw on Friday was the fact that it was all about the role players and not so much about the marquee superstars. It was a night for some very unlikely heroes, so let’s get to it.
Well I certainly hope this column finds you well; with a belly full of beer and brats and all appendages still attached. While many of us were able to take some time off to spend the holiday with family and friends, those who play professional baseball for a living still had to punch the clock on Thursday and put in an honest day’s work. Some did a real nice job of it, some, not so much. Since my hangover is currently the size of the great state of Montana, allow me to be brief here when I dish out the highlights.