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Jim Thome hit a triple last night (seriously)

Jun 29, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

Last night’s Twins-Tigers game featured Joel Zumaya’s gruesome-looking arm injury, but before that Jim Thome provided a much more amusing sight with his first triple since 2004.
As you might expect, there were some unusual circumstances at play. In the fourth inning Thome clobbered a Jeremy Bonderman fastball into the gap in right-center field and as right fielder Brennan Boesch settled under it to play the carom the ball ricocheted off the side of Target Field’s out-of-town scoreboard, bouncing about 50 feet toward the right field line.
The average human being probably would have scored standing up for an inside-the-park homer and the average land mammal probably would have at least had a stand-up triple, but because Thome is 39 years old and runs more or less like a duck he slid into third base just ahead of the relay throw.
MLB.com has the video, which you should watch if only to cleanse your palate of the Zumaya footage.
Thome went over six years between triples, during which time he played in 770 games, logged 3,050 plate appearances, hit 179 homers, drove in 508 runs, and notched a total of 643 hits. Oh, and between Thome triples there were a total of 13 no-hitters across MLB.

  1. lar @ wezen-ball - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    I wrote this comment over in the And That Happened post this morning, but it seems more appropriate here. As the operator of the Tater Trot Tracker, I couldn’t not comment on Thome’s “inside the park triple”:
    The Jim Thome triple took 13 seconds to run out (13.08 sec, I believe). In contrast, when Angel Pagan scored on his inside-the-park home run, it took him 14.48 seconds. The slowest inside-the-parker so far this year was Aubrey Huff’s, which took him 16.45 seconds (and could have taken him even longer – there wasn’t even a play at the plate).
    Thome was at second base at ~9.3 seconds, meaning it took him 3.7 seconds to get from second to third. If you assume that’s how long it’d take him to go from third to home (a big assumption, because he appeared to be slowing down), you’re looking at close to a 17-second inside the parker (and my money would be on it being closer to 18 seconds). Considering the play at third was kind of close, there’s no way that would’ve been possible. A speedy runner like Pagan might have been able to push it, though…

  2. Michael - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    My favorite part of the video is at 22 seconds when a guy in the crowd turns to the guy next to him and appears to say, “was that Jim Thome?”
    Yes. Yes, it was.

  3. adam - Jun 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I imagine him getting to the dugout and having to get some oxygen, much like a defensive lineman who just scored a 50 yard touchdown on a fumble recovery.

  4. Utley's hair - Jun 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    He was a single and a double away from the cycle. He’s probably still sucking oxygen. Congrats, Thome, from a lifetime phan in Philly.

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