But it's doubtful Mussina had any thoughts of retaliation on his mind when he hit Manny with a pitch in the first inning this afternoon, then hit him again when he led off the fourth. Ramirez struck out looking against Mussina in the sixth, but was hit again by Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning.
Since 1956, there have been 17 instances of a player getting plunked three times in one game. But Manny is one of only five players to get hit three times in four or fewer plate appearances:
Sherm Lollar June 8, 1956 4 PA 3 HBP/SingleOf those 17 three-HBP games, Johnson accounts for three of them! He was hit by three pitches on April 16, 2005, April 9, 2006 and April 29, 2006.
Bill Freehan August 16, 1968 4 PA 3 HBP/F7
Jonny Gomes August 15, 2005 4 PA 3 HBP/HR
Manny Ramirez July 5, 2008 4 PA 3 HBP/K
Reed Johnson April 9, 2006 3 PA 3 HBP
There is no record of a player getting hit four times in one game.
(Frank Chance was hit five times during a doubleheader on May 30, 1904.)