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Fenway
08-17-2011, 11:36 AM
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18082987&topic_id=11493214&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_18082987&v=3

Men at first and second with no outs happens all the time.... yet the most common triple play is still an event. I wonder why that it is.

I actually saw the Twins do it TWICE in one night in 1990 ( and they still lost 1-0 )

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1990/B07170BOS1990.htm

RED SOX 4TH: Boggs walked; Jody Reed doubled to right [Boggs to
third]; Quintana walked; Brunansky grounded into a triple play
(third to third to second to first) [Jody Reed out at third,
Quintana out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 0, Red Sox
0.

RED SOX 8TH: Naehring doubled to left; Boggs walked; Jody Reed
grounded into a triple play (third to third to second to first)
[Naehring out at third, Boggs out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0
LOB. Twins 0, Red Sox 1.

asindc
08-17-2011, 12:04 PM
Unless the batter is Konerko-slow, it takes a room-service grounder to the 3rd baseman while he is in position to reach 3rd base and make a quick throw to 2nd for this to work. I think the one factor that makes this a rarity is the positioning of the 3rd baseman.

SSrep
08-17-2011, 12:21 PM
I would think a lot of 3rd basemen are playing in with 2 men on, nobody out. A lot of double plays are 'bang-bang', throw in two throws at 90 feet each, along with a 3rd basemen who needs to be standing right next to the bag, and I can see why it doesn't happen very often.

pythons007
08-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Triple plays in general are rarities. To say what happened in that clip to happen more is to say why don't more people get struck by lightning?

Zisk77
08-17-2011, 04:07 PM
Same reason I don't date super models more often. It remains a mystery to me, also. :scratch:

Brian26
08-17-2011, 08:22 PM
The Sox got Benji Molina on a 5-4-3 in a game at the Cell in 2004.

HomeFish
08-18-2011, 12:52 AM
The Sox got Benji Molina on a 5-4-3 in a game at the Cell in 2004.

Yep, I attended that game but left early because the Sox were losing big. I didn't see the triple play.

I've seen a perfect game in person, but I've never seen a triple play. One day.

Bruizer
08-18-2011, 10:05 AM
I saw an unassisted triple play once! But that was in little league. Runners on first and second going on the hit and run, line drive to the second baseman coming over to cover second base, tags the base and the runner coming down from first. :cool:

JohnTucker0814
08-18-2011, 10:18 AM
I was there and saw it from about the 6th row up from the field between home and 3rd. It was an amazing play. Something I'll probably never witness again! Sean Rodriguez was running and he's definately not Konerko slow... when Lowrie stepped on the 3rd I was waiting for the throw accross the diamond, I was shocked when he went to 2nd really!

gobears1987
08-18-2011, 11:11 AM
The Sox got Benji Molina on a 5-4-3 in a game at the Cell in 2004.

A lot of people missed it too because it happened late in a blow-out loss. Reason #1 to never leave a game early regardless of the score.

I think that game was played the same night Freddy inked his 3 year extension. It had to have been only a week or two after he was traded to the Sox.

kaufsox
08-18-2011, 04:21 PM
I saw an unassisted triple play once! But that was in little league. Runners on first and second going on the hit and run, line drive to the second baseman coming over to cover second base, tags the base and the runner coming down from first. :cool:

happened in a world series once too.

Fenway
08-21-2011, 08:31 PM
Now this is a weird triple play

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Minor-league-outfielder-uses-head-to-make-strang?urn=mlb-wp16659

DSpivack
08-21-2011, 11:56 PM
The Sox got Benji Molina on a 5-4-3 in a game at the Cell in 2004.

Yep, I attended that game but left early because the Sox were losing big. I didn't see the triple play.

I've seen a perfect game in person, but I've never seen a triple play. One day.

A lot of people missed it too because it happened late in a blow-out loss. Reason #1 to never leave a game early regardless of the score.

I think that game was played the same night Freddy inked his 3 year extension. It had to have been only a week or two after he was traded to the Sox.

I want to say it was the 6th inning. My buddy that I went to the game with went to the concession stand or bathroom or something and missed that play. :tongue:

DonnieDarko
08-22-2011, 02:11 AM
The Sox got Benji Molina on a 5-4-3 in a game at the Cell in 2004.

I think that I remember seeing that one.

Or was Ventura on the team when I saw it? My memory is flakey with that one. But I do remember seeing a Triple Play in person once in my life. Honestly didn't quite know what to think of it at the time, but I remember it being pretty cool. :smile: