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Um, Wow

I always said my hope was that sometime in a hopefully long lifetime of watching baseball, I’d get to see an unassisted triple play.

I suppose I might have qualified that a bit.

In other news, it’s not our year.

16 comments to Um, Wow

  • Anonymous

    Happened only 12 times (once in the WS) and only the 3rd time to end a ball game- last time was in 1927!!
    The Umpire conference that overturned the Francour catch was an interesting development as well. I've never seen a disputed catch play overturned..
    Something told me to keep watching that game today..
    Rich P

  • Anonymous

    Correction… it's not our century. We're the new Cubs. Nothing ever goes right.

  • Anonymous

    the Mets had a curse placed on themselves from the planning to replace Shea.

  • Anonymous

    Check please! Table 1. thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I commented to my companion this afternoon that this game (and season) lay waste to the “fresh start” rationale behind Citi Field.

  • Anonymous

    the only thing fresh at Citi Field this year is the food. The rest is the same tired mistakes.
    Do we start group therapy on Tuesday night?

  • Anonymous

    Guys ( and girls), forgive my Philly fannishness but I too was marvelling at the end of the game.
    First off, thank goodness that Franceour was not robbed of his rightful catch in the top of the ninth. Nobody who puts out that effort deserves to be robbed of his rightful due.
    Second, Bruntlett damn near HAD to make that triple play to keep from being murdered in the clubhouse after the game. If Lidge had to wear the goat horns for another blown save after one error by Howard and TWO errors by Bruntlett, I would have been calling for blood.
    But, I gotta say, if we couldn't lay that on either the Cubs, the Cards or the Dodgers, I'm glad it was you. Our turn in the barrel next year, or sometime soon… but in the meanwhile, suck on it.

  • Anonymous

    We're No. 4!

  • Anonymous

    I NEVER troll just to say nyahh, nyahh, nyahh. You have far too literate a site to disgrace with such foolishness.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone rubbing it in at this time is essentially hitting a person when he or her is down. This is not the Beltran/Delgado/Reyes/Maine Mets but a bunch of bench players with limited talent still trying their best.
    Wait till we're up and standing before you gloat.
    But one does have to retain a sense of humor with games lost by dropping a pop-up, not touching third and now hitting into a game ending unassisted triple play. Of if not a sense of humor, then at least a sense of nostalga getting to see the reincarnation of Casey and his Amazins.

  • Anonymous

    True story: I couldn't watch or listen to the game at all today. I checked in via my cell phone. It was 9-7, bottom 9, no one out, runners on 1st and 2nd. The play-by-play on the phone browser refreshed and all of a sudden, game over. I thought to myself, “impossible, unless there was a game-ending triple play or something”. Sigh. This blue and orange path we walk is often times a difficult one. Understatement of the season right there.

  • Anonymous

    Ball in play, out(s).

  • Anonymous

    This is genius, though.

  • Anonymous

    I separate the triple play from the others because the triple play is entirely bad luck on our part while the others are dumbass plays. you hit and run in an inning when the defense was afraid to touch the ball and it was just the receipe for disaster (aside from Murphy eluding the tag out).

  • Anonymous

    actually, this is how i found out about it — the “ball in play, unassisted triple play.” i thought my son had somehow rigged the summary just to see my reaction.
    earlier in the radio broadcast, howie rose had gone off on a tangent about an “odd couple” episode (boneless chicken). how weird later to make this connection: in the “odd couple” movie, of course, felix calls oscar at shea just in time to make him miss seeing, wait for it, a triple play.
    i'm sure there's an explanation for crop circles hidden in there, too.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I didn't see the play as it occured, either. My wife and I were watching a video when my mom called, all confused about what had just occured. Fortunately, I was recording the game on DVR and was able to see the play.
    Reminds me when Ken Boyer hit into one back in 1967 (though not a non-assisted). He was in a pro-longed slump and not hitting the ball hard at all. With two runners on, Ken lines a rocket back to the pitcher. After the game Boyer moans about finally hitting one good and with his luck it turns into a triple play.
    It's not always bad luck with one hitting the ball hard leading to a triple play. In the third game of the 1965 season against the Astros at Shea, Al Spangler hit a routine fly ball to center with runners on first and third and nobody out. After the catch, Johnny Lewis gunned down the runner from third trying to score while the runner on first was out trying advance on a throw by Johnny Stephenson.