Well it finally happened. Chris Getz hung dong. It had been an amazing 1,144 plate appearances since Chris got to touch 'em all. His previous moonshot came on June 19, 2009 when he was with the Chicago White Sox against Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo. 2009. It seems so long ago. Barack Obama (remember him?) was President. A social media website called "Facebook" was very popular. Kids listened to artists like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift that summer. It was a simpler time.
Getz's homerless streak was a monument to mistake-free baseball. Over that time, he did not killy any rallies by slamming a ball over the wall. He bunted, and hustled, and gritted his way into our hearts. Here are some fun facts about Chris Getz's homerless streak.
- Chris Getz went 1,144 consecutive plate appearances without a home run. Over that time Getz hit .257/.312/.306 with 74 RBI, 31 doubles, 8 triples, 72 walks, 116 strikeouts, 56 stolen bases, and 27 sacrifice hits.
- The pitcher Getz faced most over his homerless streak was Ervin Santana, who he faced 23 times, going 9-22 with a walk.
- In games in which Chris Getz appeared during his streak, his teams went 160-163.
- Approximately 17,000 home runs have been hit in Major League Baseball since Getz last went yard.
- Jose Bautista has the most home runs during Chris Getz's homerless streak, with 139.
- Pitchers have hit 85 home runs during Chris Getz's homerless streak. Carlos Zambrano and Yovani Gallardo tie for the lead with six each.
- Ben Revere of the Phillies also hit zero home runs. Revere has the longest homerless streak in baseball now with 1, 127 plate appearances without a round-tripper.
On June 19, 2009, when Chris Getz last homered:
- Zack Greinke had a 1.96 ERA through 14 starts, but just an 8-3 record for the Royals
- The Royals were 29-37 under manager Trey Hillman, but had dropped 26 of their last 37.
- Mike Trout had just been drafted out of high school in the first round by the Angels. The Royals had just selected Aaron Crow out of the University of Missouri. In the third round, they selected high schooler Wil Myers.
- John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, and Ken Griffey Jr. were still active Major Leaguers.
- The Big 12 had twelve schools.
- The Greek economic crisis was just beginning to become realized.
- Walter Cronkhite, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Swayze and Michael Jackson were still alive.
- Justin Bieber had yet to release his first single.
- "Star Trek" was #1 at the box office.
- "24", "Heroes" and "Lost" were still airing on TV.
- Conan O'Brien was the host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC.
- Kim Kardashian had not yet met Kris Humphries, who is now her ex-husband.
- Jon and Kate Gosselin were still married.
- Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren were still married.
- The Head Editor of Royals Review was Will McDonald
- Jack Marsh was still in diapers. Just kidding. But seriously, he was pretty young.
- Scott McKinney was a wide-eyed optimist.
- RoyalsRetro was "RoyalsContemporary"
Congrats Chris Getz. This has been a long time coming but you finally hung dong. Savor the moment.