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June 26, 2009 at 12:50 am ET
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Kicking Joe DiMaggio’s Ass: Joltin’ Jason Bartlett’s Streak Hits 19

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Historic Tropicana Field saw history made Thursday night in the 5th inning (watch historic video here) as Devil Ray superstar Joltin’ Jason Bartlett launched a line drive single into right.  With that epic single, Bartlett became an immortal — he has hit safely in his 19th consecutive game and broken Quinton McCracken’s Devil Ray record hitting streak that had stood for over a decade.

Now that the Devil Ray record is Bartlett’s, Joltin’ Jason naturally will continue his streak until he takes down Joe DiMaggio’s Major League record of 56 consecutive games.

To make sure it happens, B&C proudly presents our latest series Kicking Joe DiMaggio’s Ass: The Joltin’ Jason Bartlett Story. Scoff now, but that’s also what people said when Your Team Ain’t S#!t Compared To The Devil Rays launched in February 2008.

Maybe this will convince the doubters: Joe DiMaggio’s storied streak began on May 15 1941.  Joltin’ Jason Bartlett’s streak began on May 15 2009 — 68 years to the day.  Clearly, it’s destiny.

Plus, a look at the numbers reveals through his first 19 games, Bartlett is more than keeping pace with the old dude from the Simon and Garfunkel song:

Game One (5/15/41, 5/15/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, RBI, Yankees lose 13-1 to Chicago
Bartlett: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, Devil Rays beat Cleveland 8-7

Game Two (5/16/41, 5/16/09)

DiMaggio: 2-for-4, 3B, HR, RBI, Yankees beat Chicago 6-5
Bartlett: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, Devil Rays beat Cleveland 4-2

Game Three (5/17/41, 5/17/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-3, Yankees lose to Chicago 3-2
Bartlett: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, Devil Rays beat Cleveland 7-5

Game Four (5/18/41, 5/18/09)

DiMaggio: 3-for-3, 2B, RBI, Yankees beat St. Louis 12-2
Bartlett: 3-for-3, 3B, 5 RBI, Devil Rays beat Oakland 13-4

Game Five (5/19/41, 5/19/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-3, 2B, Yankees lose to St. Louis 5-1
Bartlett: 1-for-4, Devil Rays lose to Oakland 4-1

Game Six (5/20/41, 5/20/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-5, RBI, Yankees beat St. Louis 10-9
Bartlett: 1-for-3, Devil Rays lose to Oakland 7-6

Game Seven (5/21/41, 5/21/09)

DiMaggio: 2-for-5, RBI, Yankees beat Detroit 5-4
Bartlett: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, Devil Rays beat Oakland 6-5

Game Eight (5/22/41, 5/22/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, RBI, Yankees beat Detroit 6-5
Bartlett: 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, Devil Rays beat Florida 15-2

Game Nine (5/23/41, 5/23/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, Yankees tie Boston 9-9 (game stopped by darkness)
Bartlett: 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, Devil Rays beat Florida 10-3

Game Ten (5/24/41, 5/24/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, RBI, Yankees beat Boston 7-6
Bartlett: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, Devil Rays lose to Florida 5-4

Game Eleven (5/25/41, 6/16/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, Yankees lose to Boston 10-3
Bartlett: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, Devil Rays beat Colorado 12-4

Game Twelve (5/27/41, 6/17/09)

DiMaggio: 4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, Yankees beat Washington 10-8
Bartlett: 1-for-4, Devil Rays lose to Colorado 5-3

Game Thirteen (5/28/41, 6/18/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, 3B, Yankees beat Washington 6-5
Bartlett: 2-for-4, 3B, Devil Rays lose to Colorado 4-3

Game Fourteen (5/29/41, 6/19/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-3, 3B, Yankees tie Washington 2-2 (game stopped by rain after 5 innings)
Bartlett: 1-for-4, Devil Rays lose to Mets 5-3

Game Fifteen (5/30/41 – game 1 of DH, 6/20/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-2, Yankees lose to Boston 5-4
Bartlett: 1-for-4, 2B, Devil Rays beat Mets 3-1

Game Sixteen (5/30/41 – game 2 of DH, 6/21/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-3, 2B, Yankees lose to Boston 13-0
Bartlett: 2-for-5, Devil Rays beat Mets 10-6

Game Seventeen (6/1/41 – game 1 of DH, 6/23/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, Yankees beat Cleveland 2-0
Bartlett: 1-for-3, RBI, Devil Rays lose to Philadelphia 10-1

Game Eighteen (6/1/41 – game 2 of DH, 6/24/09)

DiMaggio: 1-for-4, Yankees beat Cleveland 5-3
Bartlett: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, Devil Rays beat Philadelphia 7-1

Game Nineteen (6/2/41, 6/25/09)

DiMaggio: 2-for-4, 2B, Yankees lose to Cleveland 7-5
Bartlett: 2-for-5, RBI, Devil Rays beat Philadelphia 10-4

Friday night Bartlett is scheduled to face Florida’s Josh Johnson.  Bartlett has faced Johnson twice before in his career, going 1-for-4 with a walk against him.

Only 38 more games to go.

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4 Responses to “Kicking Joe DiMaggio’s Ass: Joltin’ Jason Bartlett’s Streak Hits 19”
  1. Lauren says:

    Cool article but its just “the Rays” now, no Devil required

  2. Brett says:

    @Lauren, it will always be the Devil Rays to Chalk.

  3. Adam C says:

    Call me when he reaches 45. Or, hell, make it 35. You’re setting yourself up for the shortest blog series since “Tampa Bay Rays Countdown to the 2009 Playoffs”, which started and ended on April 7, 2009.

    The real story should be that the Rays record was 18. That’s really sad, especially considering that there have been 45 hitting streaks longer than 18 in the past 4 1/2 years. Sad.

  4. dude abides says:

    Wow, Bartlett made it to ….. 19 games. That makes it the 5th highest of ONLY THIS YEAR. You’d think Bartlett was Rollins (36 games) or Utley (35 games). No, on the contrary, just another run of the mill sub-20 game hitting streak. Time to cancel the parade….

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