KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gordon Beckham went to extreme lengths to express shock he hit a home run on Tuesday night.
The White Sox second baseman was so alarmed by his first-inning homer off Kansas City’s Ervin Santana, he quoted the great 1980s American philosopher, Clark W. Griswold.
Griswold was a character played by Chevy Chase in several comedy films, including the 1983 hit ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation.’
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“To take a line from Clark Griswold, I don’t think I’d have been any more surprised if I had woken up with my head sewn to the carpet,” Beckham said. “So I definitely didn’t think that was coming, but it’s definitely good to hit home runs.”
Beckham’s astonishment may come from the fact he hasn’t had a ton of success at Kauffman Stadium. When he ripped a 1-1 slider from Santana into the left field bullpen, it marked only Beckham’s third homer in 142 plate appearances at the Royals’ home park.
Beckham has had some success with Santana, however. The 393-foot homer was Beckham’s third off Santana in 29 plate appearances.