Video: Don't Miss Yesterday's Triple Play

Yesterday was indeed a weird day for the Yankees. First there was Alex Rodriguez‘s run-in with Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden after he stepped on the mound returning to first after a foul ball, then there was a triple play, and all of this happened in just barely over two hours. Yes, a Yankee game lasted only two hours and seven minutes. Oh and to make things weirder, the Yankees lost with CC Sabathia on the mound.

In case you missed yesterday’s triple play, here is how it happened. The Athletics had Derek Barton on second and Ryan Sweeney on first, Kurt Suzuki hit a hard groundball right at A-Rod who was close to the bag at third. A-Rod gobbled up the grounder, fired over to second, and Robbie Cano made a quick throw to first. Triple play. Watch the video here.

Here are a couple of quotes:

A-Rod on starting the play: “The ball was hit to my right, I took a couple of steps, stepped on the bag and just threw a little Hail Mary to Robbie. Then Robbie did a great job of turning it.”

Mark Teixeira on the view from the dugout: “That was impressive,” Teixeira said. “It was a great play just for Alex to get the ball, first of all, and then you realize that he was that close to third. With how good Robbie can turn it, it was possible.”

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

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8 Responses to Video: Don't Miss Yesterday's Triple Play

  1. theboogiedown says:

    And to add weirder to weird, on the call Singy and Flash seemed surprised, almost as if A-Rod was doing the wrong thing by going to second and not playing the layup by just going to first. I was just thinking, wow that's good, aggressive, heads-up baseball! I made my son watch it 3 times. I've never seen them do that in my entire life. 1968 was the last turn if I'm not mistaken.

    • Mike S. says:

      Yes, June 3, 1968 vs. the Twins. Womack to Cox (yup, Bobby Cox played two seasons in the majors, 1968 and 1969. Yanks' full-time 3B in 1968, backup in 1969)to Mantle. Mickey's last year, and as you may recall, 1967 and 1968 were spent at first base. I think Cox (from Tulsa, OK) was Mickey's roomie that year. I believe I read that somewhere. Logical, being that both were Okies and that Mickey's buddies were elsewhere (Maris/St. Louis, Howard/Boston, Boyer/Atlanta, Ford, Berra, Richardson, Kubek all retired).

      I use some historical perspective. June 3, 1968. LBJ president, RFK was still alive (he would be shot two days later), Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel #1, and the Beatles had just that very week started work on the White Album.

    • smurfy says:

      Excellent point! They were weirded out. Singleton said," Arod was turned to throw to first, then he decided to throw to second…Oh, Cano is why they could do that." Alex was the author of that play, probably juiced up over the Braden shouting match just before. Best triple play I can remember, and Ken wants him to waste it! He "picked up" a clunker on that one.

  2. RobertGKramer says:

    "Mark Teixeira on being on the receiving end"????????
    That was Nick Johnson.

    • Bah, you are right. Do I get a break because he only played 1st base for just over 2 hours? That doesn't really count as a full Yankee game. They didn't disgrace the sport yet.

  3. I'm actually pretty excited to have finally seen the Yankees turn a triple play. That, in a way, was the holy grail for me. I've seen every other big accomplishment like that. 3 homer games, no-hitters, perfect games, cycles. What else is left now?

  4. Jason from The Heart says:

    All that remains is the 57-game hitting streak, Rob.

  5. Let's just say that I won't hold my breath.

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