.067. Oh freaking sixty-seven. That is what Damian Jackson hit in his mercifully brief stay with the Cubs.
“If you squint like this, I look like a real Major League ballplayer!”
Damian should have quit while he was ahead. In his first at-bat of his first start with the Cubs, he hit a leadoff solo homer in a game the Cubs eventually won 5-4. That was the only hit, only RBI, and only run he collected in a Cubs uniform.
Why the 2004 Cubs were completely obsessed with crappy middle infielders, I’ll never know. In that one season, the Cubs saw the likes of Jackson, Jose Macias, Rey Ordonez, Ramon Martinez, Alex Gonzalez, and Neifi Perez. While that may have been Dusty Baker’s dream lineup, it was a nightmare for the fans. I wonder why they ended up collapsing at the end of the season.
Low Point: Everything surrounding his one hit with the Cubs was pretty much a disaster. In 2004, not only did he hit .067 as a Cub, but he finished the season in Kansas City with a robust .100 batting average.
Did You Know? Jackson is most famous for being the guy who gets hurt when something more important is happening. Not only was he the guy who almost killed Unfrozen Caveman Center Fielder in the 2003 ALDS,
“Take that, mongoloid!”
but he was also injured in 2001 when he was beaned by A.J. Burnett as Burnett was spinning a no-hitter. Congratulations, Damian! You’re the baseball equivalent of the guy getting dunked on in a basketball poster.