No one had ever homered in six consecutive postseason games ... until Daniel Murphy
One of the amazing things about baseball is that, despite its 100-plus years of history, players and teams can still pull off stuff that has never been done before. Take Mets second baseman and human fungo bat Daniel Murphy, for instance.
In the history of the postseason, no player had ever hit a home run in six consecutive games. In 2004, the Astros' Carlos Beltran hit homers in five consecutive postseason games, but no one had ever done more: Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Nobody.
On Wednesday, however -- in Game 4 of the NLCS -- Murphy did what Ruth and Aaron and Beltran couldn't do.
In a streak that dates back to Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Murphy has homered in every single postseason game. On Wednesday, his two-run shot provided some insurance runs for the Queens ballclub -- lifting the score to 8-1:
And, considering the goat that allegedly cursed the Cubs was named "Murphy," maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised?
The Mets ultimately won the matchup, 8-3, clinching the National League pennant in the process.
It takes a lot to push a team to the World Series -- luck, talent, leadership -- but having a player put in a historic performance in October can help quite a bit.
Can he keep his streak alive? There's only one way to find out: the Mets will take on either the Royals or the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the World Series (Yes, Mets fans -- you're reading that right) on Tuesday, Oct. 27 on FOX.