April 20 Reds 9, Mets 5
After doubling with the bases loaded against the Pirates on April 12, Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin returned to the clubhouse to find a 25-pound weight had been left near his locker, a subtle suggestion from teammate Juan Castro that Larkin needed to get stronger. Who could argue? To that point Larkin had gone 6,723 career at bats without a grand slam, the longest such streak among active players. At 36 and in his 16th big league season, Larkin was at risk of ending his career without a salami. Just eight days later, though, in his 6,734th at bat, he found himself facing Al Leiter in the bottom of the second at Cinergy Field, with one out and the bases full. Leiter grooved a l-and-0 fastball, and Larkin hammered it over the leftfield wall. It was a moment worth the weight.