Hoffman, Brewers toast Kendall's 2K hit
Jason Kendall said he was touched by the show of support from his teammates, who toasted the veteran catcher’s 2,000th career hit Monday night with some suds packed just for the occasion.
Phil Rozewicz, who runs the visitor’s clubhouse at Miller Park and is a longtime buddy of Kendall’s, printed labels commemorating the milestone and pasted them on enough bottles of beer for everyone on the team. Trevor Hoffman led a toast immediately after the Brewers’ 8-4 win at Busch Stadium.
“It was pretty special,” Kendall said. “This is a great group of guys.”
With his second-inning single off Kyle Lohse, Kendall became the eighth player to catch 1,000 games and record 2,000 hits. Only 254 other players in Major League history had reached that milestone before Kendall. Colorado’s Todd Helton joined the list on Tuesday night.
“[Two-thousand] is a big deal, but it’s not,” Kendall said. “It makes 3,000 just blow my mind.”
His teammates certainly thought it was a big deal. But the ceremonial beer shower that has accompanied such celebrations — think Corey Hart making the All-Star team last season — was missing. Kendall managed to stay suds-free, at least on the outside.
“I didn’t want to waste it,” he said.