An unassisted triple play, A-Rod humor, and Wally

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, a rookie out of Long Beach State, completed an unassisted triple play Sunday, just the thirteenth in Major League Baseball history. (Complete list here.) Here’s the video:

[UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube. You can still view it on this page, however. Just click on “400K” next to “Tulowitzki turns three.”]


In other baseball news Sunday, the Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-4 to win the series at Yankee Stadium 2-1 and finish 5-1 in the season’s first six games between the archrivals. The Yanks have lost 8 of 9 overall, and there is some talk that Joe Torre’s job may be in jeopardy (which is ridiculous, but whatever, that’s George Steinbrenner for ya). New York is 9-14 and in last place in the AL East, 6 1/2 games behind first-place Boston.

The one bright spot this month for the Yankees has been Alex Rodriguez, who has been playing like he might actually be worth the eighty gajillion dollars they pay him. Even so, as a Red Sox fan, I was amused by this satirical take on all the media hype surrounding A-Rod:

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Heh. I dunno what the origin of that clip is, but I heard it on Buffalo’s WGR 550 while listening to the Sabres postgame show.

Speaking of the Red Sox and Yankees, even funnier is the new SportsCenter ad featuring David Oritz, Jorge Posada, and Wally, the Red Sox mascot. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:


UPDATE: For the moment, it least, it appears that Joe Torre still has a job. Here’s what the back page of the New York Post looks like:

7 Responses to “An unassisted triple play, A-Rod humor, and Wally”

  1. marty west says:

    The Yankees blow.


  2. Angrier and Angrier says:

    It looked so easy. It kind of makes you wonder why unassisted triple plays don’t happen more often.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You should check out Will Ferrell’s USC strength coach videos on youtube. Apparently he helped ryan kalil get ready for the draft.

  4. Vicki from NJ says:

    FYI Brendan, I don’t like you anymore :(

    Grrrr Arghhh, damn Sox!

  5. A&A: it’s all in the conditions. You need to have:

    1. men at 1st and 2nd (or, theoretically possible, for the bases to be loaded)
    2. nobody out
    3. for the runners to be in motion (hence why in all probability an UTP with the bases loaded is nil)
    4. a hard-hit line drive that goes directly to a middle infielder
    5. for the middle infielder to be close enough to second base to tag the runner coming from first before he realizes he’s in trouble.

    You’ll notice if you watch an extended replay of Tulowitzki’s UTP, that he was so confused he went back and touched second base and threw back to first, not entirely realizing he’d already made those putouts.

  6. Anonymous says:

    top video is no longer available