Hitting Streak: Uggla Feeling Pressure; Breaks Off into Chunks
ATLANTA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Achieving the unattainable. Over the years, baseball players have tried to break Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. Pete Rose came the closest in 1978 when he tied Wee Willie Keeler with a 44 game streak. Now Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla finds himself sitting on 31 straight games, a mere 26 games from breaking Joltin’ Joe’s mark.
Uggla, a likable sort, is truly feeling the pressure.
“It’s getting to him,” said teammate Chipper Jones. “He was in the locker room on Wednesday and two of his fingers fell off. Talk about psychosomatic.”
This isn’t the first time pressure has gotten to a player chasing the record books. In 1961, Roger Maris, in his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s single season home run mark, lost a lot of his hair.
“Maris is nothing compared to what we’re seeing here,” said sports psychologist. Dr. Maurice Lapa as he was taking his 7:00 AM jog. “This poor fella is falling apart – literally. Entire body parts are seceding from him like Texas wants to leave America, if I may be so political this early in the morning.”
Uggla claims he feels fine.
“I’ll be OK,” the slugging second sacker claimed. “I don’t need a nose. It really just offsets my eyes – big deal.”