On the morning of July 19, the world was a different place.
The Pirates were in first place in the NL Central. Watch the Throne was just a rumor. Peyton Manning looked like a safe early-round fantasy football pick.
Oh, and Steven Summer had a streak of zero in Beat the Streak.
Steven selected Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on that Tuesday and was rewarded with a 1-for-4 performance and a BTS streak of one game.
He hasn't made an incorrect pick since.
After advancing to 48 games with Ryan Braun yesterday, Summer -- a warehouse worker from Long Beach, NY -- is just one correct pick from matching the all-time BTS record of 49, which was set by Mike Karatzia in 2007.
With nine correct picks, Summer would surpass Joe DiMaggio's Major League-record 56-game hitting streak and claim the $5.6 million BTS grand prize. Even if his streak ends before 57, Steven would be in position to claim the 2011 top streak prize of $10,000.
Summer, a Mets fan who names Jose Bautista and David Wright as his favorite players, examines daily pitching matchups before making his BTS picks. On most days, he chooses speedy players with solid contact skills -- like Braun, Ichiro Suzuki and Starlin Castro -- who are facing weak opposing starters.
Summer is the sixth participant to build a streak of at least 45 games in 11 years of Beat the Streak play, and the first since Tannier Nielsen in 2009.