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Bengie Molina hits for cycle, creates rip in time-space continuum

Jul 17, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

We have witnessed many unlikely events already this season — Stephen Strasburg striking out 14 in his major league debut, four no-hitters, two perfect games, one almost perfect game, the first-place San Diego Padres and the National League actually winning an All-Star Game — but I can say without hesitation that Bengie Molina’s cycle against the Red Sox on Friday night was the most improbable of them all.

Molina was already 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a go-ahead grand slam when he came up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning. That’s a great night by anybody’s standards, but Molina wasn’t done. He proceeded to crank a long drive to distant center field, not far from where he hit his grand slam in the fifth inning. After the ball ricocheted off Eric Patterson’s glove and into Fenway’s famous nook in right center field, the notoriously slow-footed Molina legged out his sixth career triple and successfully completed the first cycle by a catcher since Chad Moeller on April 27, 2004.

Even more incredible, Molina is the eighth player and the first catcher to hit a grand slam and complete the cycle in the same game. It happened.

If you haven’t seen it already, I recommend watching the video footage here.

Here’s what Molina told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com:

“This means a lot,” Molina said. “I’m not a stats guy; everybody who
knows me knows that. That’s an individual thing, but being one of the
slowest guys in the world, and being criticized for it all my career, to
be able to do something like that really makes me feel good.”

The fact that Molina was forced to leave the game immediately after the triple with a tight right quadriceps is rather appropriate. It’s like he was punished for messing with the cosmos or something.

  1. Paper Lions - Jul 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    How were the “double” and “triple” not errors? Are major league outfielders no longer expected to be able to judge and catch routine fly balls?

  2. D.J. Short - Jul 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    I’d be more inclined to say the double was an error than the triple. Both were catchable, but I think Drew should have had that one.

  3. DMG784 - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Two tears in the space-time-continuum in one year – I’d say Jim Thome’s was of equal improbability.

  4. kyle s - Jul 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    and the airwaves are alive with the sound of fat jokes. so it goes.

  5. BIGBRUCE11047 - Jul 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    After watching the video of Molina’s “triple,” that certainly wasn’t a “routine” fly ball by any means. If the centerfielder had made that catch, it would have been spectacular. Congrats Bengie!!

  6. funi - Jul 17, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Red sucks 0-2 after all-star break, give up a cycle to Molina! They will be calling for Francona’s head next!

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