Uptons? Nice. But Griffeys once topped it
The Brothers Upton homering back-to-back last night in Denver was pretty special. Siblings jacking consecutively had not happened since 1938 — by the Bucs’ Waners, Paul and Lloyd — and may not happen again.
But it might. There are always numerous brother combinations playing in the Majors; get them together, lightning can strike.
However, I covered an event that has occurred only once in Major League history, and is less likely to ever come around again: Father and son, going yard back-to-back.
The Griffeys, of course.
Sept. 14, 1990, Anaheim Stadium. Harold Reynolds leads off the first with a walk off Kirk McKaskill. Pops Griffey slices a 1-and-0 pitch over the wall in left-center. Ad The Kid hits the very next pitch to the very same spot.
The crowd of 35,000 stirred, but there was no great, emotional reaction. Those were far less sensation-prone times. Things didn’t — couldn’t — go viral. So even the post-game media coverage was muted.
But I did do something I had never done before, or since: I took my game scorecard into the Mariners’ clubhouse after the game, and asked both Griffeys to sign it, next to their home-run squares. Which they did, for a memorabilia, and memory, that still has a prominent place on my wall.