I just reached my 5,000th view on my blog! I want to thank all of you guys who have been reading my blog for the past few months and for recommending it to other people to read. Now, in honor of view number 5-0-0-0, I would like to talk about one of the the most significant five thousands in baseball history:
On August 22nd, 1989, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, as a 42-year old and 21-year veteran in America's national pastime, started the game needing 6 strikeouts to get to 5,000. In the top of the fifth, who else but The Man of Steal, Rickey Henderson, worked the count to 3-2, as he had done so much throughout his career. He fouled off two pitches, but struck out on a 96-mph fastball to give Nolan Ryan the title as the first pitcher to get to 5,000 strikeouts. Ryan ended his career in 1993 with 5,714 strikeouts, by far the most in history (in second place is Randy Johnson with 4,875).