Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2, 2003: Bo Hart Has A Grand Slamwich at Shea Stadium

On August 2, 2003, Bo Hart's fourth inning grand slam highlighted a 10-9 Cardinals win over the Mets at Shea Stadium in New York. Hart's grand salami was followed up by a solo shot by J.D. Drew that put the Cards up 7-1. The Mets didn't go away quietly, they plated two runs in the sixth before the Cards came back with three more in the seventh. After picking up another run in the eighth, the Mets had their rally caps on in the ninth but the Cardinals withstood the 5 run inning to pick up the win. The grand slam by Hart was just the second long ball of his career, he hit four total. Hart played in 77 games for the Birds in '03, he was a instant hit with the fans as he came storming onto the scene. The scrappy second baseman broke a 102 year old record with 28 hits his first 15 games in the big leagues, Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig just made a run at the record but fell one hit short of equaling Hart's 2003 performance. While his rookie year was a solid one that most Cardinals fans will always remember, the Bo Hart era would come to an end, after one month with the team in '04, he was sent back to the minors. He never did make it back to the big leagues but he did find his way into the rich history of the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Here's the box score from Hart's Grand Salami Day in New York:

This is a full written account of the game:

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