Bret Boone might have called his shots on Saturday, but he’s not going to go into the fortunetelling business just yet.
The Seattle Mariner second baseman told the team’s equipment manager that he was going to hit two homers against the Detroit Tigers, then did just that.
“If you predict enough things, eventually one of them will come true,” Boone said. “I’ve been hitting the ball, but I haven’t been driving in any runs, and I wanted to change that.”
Boone’s homers and four runs batted in helped Jamie Moyer and the Mariners to a 6-3 victory, and he figures he now has at least as much credibility as the most famous player to ever predict a homer.
“I did the same thing as Babe Ruth, right?” Boone joked. “He pointed out there and hit a homer -- sure he did. He was probably swatting a bug, but that’s the legend.”
Both of Boone’s homers cleared Comerica Park’s new fence in left and fell short of the old one, making him the first player to hit two new-fence homers in the same game. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits.
“That team thinks they can win it all, and that’s the caliber of baseball that they play,” Manager Alan Trammell said. “To be honest, I’m a little jealous, because I wish we played the game the way that team does. We’ve still got a ways to go yet.”
Moyer (6-2) gave up three runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high eight.