The greatest performance in MLB history happened 18 years ago today.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were facing the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a three-game series. Dodgers right fielder Shawn Green, a two-time All-Star, was struggling in the early going of the 2002 season, hitting just .231 through the first 42 games.
Los Angeles lost the opener in Milwaukee 8-6, but Green broke out of his slump with a pair of solo home runs. The next day, Green hit a triple in the Dodgers’ 1-0 win, but the best was yet to come. In the third game, Green had arguably the greatest offensive game in the history of baseball.
Not long before his epic game, Green had started studying Buddhism. He applied what he’d learned on the field that day in Milwaukee — and his focus on Eastern philosophy helped inform and inspire a performance for the ages. In his own words, Green recounts what happened at the plate during that game and how his newfound mental approach helped him perform as no baseball player had before.
Thursday, May 23, 2002
We had a 12 o’clock game in Milwaukee. I got to the ballpark around 9 a.m. to take batting practice. I hadn’t been playing well that spring, and I was struggling to get…