Kevin Cash's leadoff HBP in the 6th inning of last night's game (7/20) was the 3,999th HBP in the history of the Boston Red Sox. As you can probably guess, that means that the team is 1 plunk away from the historic 4000 HBP milestone. If it happens tonight, the Red Sox will be the 4th American League team to cross the 4000 plunk barrier, and join 8 National League franchise in the 4000 plunk club. However, the Indians are sitting at 3,995 HBPs, and do to the unpredictable nature of the plunk, they could easily get 5 HBPs before the Red Sox get hit again. The race is on.
Whichever Red Sox batter it is who receives their next HBP will join the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Lee, Jayson Werth, Marcus Giles, Jacque Jones, Doug Glanville, Sean Casey, Kevin Young, Tom Lampkin and Mike Benjamin as the only players who have been the 4000th batter to take one for their team.
I assume you'll all want to plan celebrations for this momentous occasion, and organize friendly wagers to guess which player it will be, when it will occur, and how fast the pitch will be traveling.