By Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer
“He won’t dare come in on me." Carew thought to himself as he got down in his stance to face Frank Viola.” If it’s a Breaking balls outside- I’ll take it the other way, aim for the gap.”
Viola ran the count 1-2 and Carew knew he’d be seeing more breaking balls. Viola didn’t have his best stuff this inning. He had already surrendered a home run to shortstop Dick Schofield, walked Brian Downing and thrown a wild pitch. He was going to come right after Carew . Sure enough the next pitch was an outside curve and tracking it well, Carew got just enough wood on the ball to punch it over shortstop. It wasn’t a pretty stroke, and the awkward momentum motion of his swing almost knocked the helmet off his head, but his 3,000 hit was in the books. On August 4, 1985, Rod Carew had joined one of baseball’s elite clubs.
As the crowd stood and cheered Carew doffed his helmet. One by one, his teammates joined him at first base. Manager Gene Mauc...