What Could Halt the Moose?
Mike Moustakas’ assault on Steve Balboni’s home run record is all but complete. A dozen homers short of Bye-Bye’s bomb mark, it’s unlikely anything short of an injury is going to halt his march toward history.
But let’s play Devil’s Advocate here for a second. The following is a comprehensive list of non-injury issues that would stop Moose from achieving a dozen home runs in the next 75 games. Please leave more ideas in the comments, if you have any.
Intentionally walked every time up.
MLB passes a rule that Moose must take every at-bat with a live squirrel in his pants.
Moose attempts to hit with one of those mini-bats from the souvenir shop.
An extensive hot-foot war leaves Moustakas without cleats.
He gets in an Emperor’s New Clothes situation which gets him ejected prior to every single game.
Retires to open a chain of Rocky-and-Bullwinkle-themed restaurants with Roy “Squirrel” Sievers extended family.
Balboni visits New Orleans, has a hex put on Moustakas.
David Glass finds Moustakas in a compromising position with Glass’ wife. Or daughter. Or an ocelot.
Slow gas leak in the clubhouse right next to Moustakas’ locker.