How bout that Doug Mientkiewicz, huh? The erstwhile 25 heartthrob has been single-handedly tent-poling the staggeringly bad Royals in the last few weeks.
First there was "the catch" June 12:
Doug Mientkiewicz made a truly spectacular catch in the top of the first inning on a pop-up in foul territory from Jorge Cantu. Mientkiewicz dived over the tarp and made the catch somewhere between bracing himself for the fall through the small space between the tarp and the wall.
Once umpire Dale Scott rushed over and ruled the catch, Mientkiewicz received a standing ovation as he trotted into the dugout.
I just saw it on Plays of the Week on NESN. It was a beaut.
And then there was "the homer":
The way the Kansas City Royals' season has gone, Doug Mientkiewicz doubted his fly ball in the ninth inning would actually be a home run.
For a change, the Royals got the luck they needed.
Mientkiewicz's three-run shot lifted the Royals to a 7-4 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
"I didn't think it was going out," said Mientkiewicz, who homered for just the second time this season.
I was very happy for Minty. But then I was also sad.
"That's the way the season has gone. When it headed out there, I just thought, 'Here we go again.'"
Instead, the Royals took two out of three from the Astros, finishing a seven-game road trip with an encouraging 3-4 mark.