San Carlos CA – The Snack Shack at Arguello offers kids candy for every foul ball and home run ball returned.
After Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Wong’s massive home run into the hills at Arguello Monday evening, the kids watching the game launched a Lewis and Clark type expedition to find the ball.
Three days later the ball still has not been found.
Someday hikers in the Belmont hills will find the ball and get their candy.
Wong has now hit 3 HR’s in his last 2 games, and his hot streak has propelled the Reds to an 8-4 record and within a game of 1st place in the Majors.
Wong’s HR barrage gives him 4 on the season, one behind league co-leaders Carter Friday and Connor Chan of the Athletics.
The streaking Reds have won 4 in a row with good pitching, good defense, and the red-hot Wong (or as his teammates call him, “T-Dub”).
During their winning streak they have only given up 13 runs and have lowered their team ERA to 5.58, 3rd lowest in the Majors.
“The Reds have been fortunate to string together smart pitching, timely hitting, and just enough defense”, said Reds Manager Gordon Wong, father of Tyler.
“They’re getting better at taking care of little things, trusting the process, and most importantly, believing in themselves and playing for each other.
If you asked the players, they might say that they would be undefeated if it weren’t for the coaches screwing things up”.
But in spite of Wong’s self-deprecating humor, one look at the standings indicate otherwise.
Manager Wong has the Reds playing their best baseball right now and he and his coaching staff are making all the right moves.
The city of Cincinnati has the 3rd longest championship drought of any city with at least 2 professional teams in the 4 major sports.
Can Cincinnati capture the magic of their last championship team, the 1990 Reds?
Or even better can they harken back to the glory days of the Big Red Machine?
It has been a wildly entertaining season in Cincinnati.
Manager Gordon Wong and Tyler Wong have led this once downtrodden franchise on the verge of greatness again.
Things haven’t been so much fun in this town since Dr. Johnny Fever was roaming the airwaves.
And although the old adage in life still rings true, with the Majors Cincinnati Reds this season it is the exact opposite.
Two Wong’s do indeed make a right.