On this date 13 years ago former Cardinals hurler Bob Tewksbury momentarily delayed Mark McGwire's march to the single season home run record when he retired the St. Louis slugger twice in three at bats.
The two outs were recorded by Tewksbury, who was pitching for the Twins in an interleague game, on a pair of Eaphus pitches. They were both clocked at a mind bending 44 miles an hour according to the stadium display at the Metrodome.
McGwire grounded out to second on the first lob. He popped up to first base on the other. His only hit was a hot shot line drive that the Twinkees third baseman couldn't handle.
Tewksbury took a cue from Charlie Sheen's Ricky Vaugn character and referred to the Eaphus pitch as "the Dominator" during his post game interview.
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Minnesota scored a pair of runs in the first off St. Louis starter Kent Bottenfield and never looked back, holding on to win the game 3-2.
In case you were wondering what happened to the crafty righty after his playing days ended, Tewksbury has worked in the broadcast booth with the New England Sports Network, covering Red Sox games. He has also been employed by Boston as a team sports psychologist.