Yankees Turn First Triple Play Since 1968
The Yankees have done a lot of things since 1968, which includes seven World Series titles, 11 American League pennants, and 16 East Division titles, but they have failed to turn a triple play over the past 42 years. Yesterday afternoon they put an end to that drought, completing one of baseball’s most difficult plays in a game against the Oakland A’s.
With runners on first and second, A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki hit a sharp grounder to Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who got the 5-4-3 triple play rolling. Luckily it was a catcher at the plate, giving ARod and the rest of the Yankees players more than enough time to send the ball around the horn before Suzuki could reach first.
But not all was bad for Suzuki. He did hit a three-run homer in the first, leading his A’s to a 4-2 victory. After looking at this clip, I would have to say that the only way the A’s catcher doesn’t get thrown out at first is by hitting the ball over the fence.