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Russell Martin must really hate the Red Sox

Sep 27, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

New York Yankees Russell Martin hits a single to center in game against the Twins in Minneapolis Reuters

If the Rays make the postseason, they might want to send a thank you note to Russell Martin.

The Yankees just took a 3-2 lead over the Rays in the top of the sixth inning behind an RBI double by Nick Swisher, but it could have been a lot worse. They had the bases juiced with nobody out, but Jeremy Hellickson was able to get Russell Martin to ground into a triple play to end the threat.

Seriously.

Evan Longoria stepped on third base after fielding the ground ball hit by Martin, then whipped it to Ben Zobrist at second, who made the throw to Sean Rodriguez to complete the triple play. Pretty good timing for the third triple play in franchise history and their first since 2006.

Here’s the video link, courtesy of MLB.com.

  1. bigleagues - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    I agree. Clearly Russell Martin hit into the triple play on purpose – just like players hit for the cycle on purpose.

    • Ari Collins - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      A player might hit for the cycle on purpose. Like, they might have a double but stop at first to get the single portion of the feat.

      • bigleagues - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM

        My point is the conditions which lead to both scenarios are equally random.

        And any player that hits a ball that could easily be a double or triple, but slows down to take one less base so he can claim to have hit for the cycle doesn’t belong on a Major League roster.

      • Ari Collins - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:51 AM

        I’m pretty sure that D.J. was joking about Russel Martin hitting into a triple play on purpose.

      • bigleagues - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:10 AM

        I’m pretty sure DJ was joking as well.

        As I was poking fun at everyone who thinks players hit for the cycle on purpose. The common link being that each scenario happens only a couple of times a year. Making them so rare that they are nothing but anomalies.

      • cktai - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:42 AM

        I don’t think anyone really thinks players hit for the cycle on purpose, other then maybe stopping at first or second when only a single or a double is needed.

        Still does not mean that the cycle and the triple play are not both interesting scenarios, which deserve the attention they get.

  2. aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Did he call his shot beforehand like Jake Taylor in Major League, too?

  3. aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Tampa retook the lead. And mercy me, the Sox are actually winning.

  4. Ari Collins - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    And then a Joyce 3R HR gives the Rays the lead. That triple-play could be a real turning point in Boston and TB’s seasons.

    Meanwhile, the Cards have tied it up against Houston. We could see two ties entering the last day.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Sori just gave up a 3 run dinger to make it 5-3, but stupid headline nonetheless.

    I have to be honest, I’m rooting for the Rays and O’s in these games.

    Boston needs to be taken out of here, like the Patsies last year.

  6. kopy - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Where’s the “Rafael Soriano must really like his old teammates” post?

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:17 PM

      right under your nose

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    And only 5 minutes before the triple play, Markakis stole 3 runs from the Red Sox with an amazing catch with the bases loaded and 2 outs. I think the Rays are just destined to win this Wild Card.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    So they just made Pedroia go back to first because Ortiz’s bat hit Weiters while Pedroia was trying to steal. OK. But earlier this season, when Carl Crawford fell across the plate after swinging and striking out, the runner trying to steal was called out. Anyone know what the difference in the rule it and why Pedroia was only sent back to first while the runner stealing was called out in the crawford instance? I would think the rule should be the ball is dead when the catcher is interfered with…so the runner should always go back to first. Seems crazy to assume he would be out but anyone know the rule?

  9. O.Handwasher - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    It’s the only way to explain the headfirst slide into first. Well, that and stupidity.

  10. cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Hardy’s on, Tieing run to the plate. Papelbon has gone to straight gas. The tension is killing me. Either that or it’s the burrito I ate.

    • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      Man, where’s Wally Bell’s strike zone?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM

        How awesome is Remy…”Throw another one out there…” Then Papelbon does and he says “It was just off Bell’s corner” He’s the best.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM

        Papelbon looks gassed after all those pitches Sunday night. He will be lucky to get out of this unscathed. Watch Vlad tie it up…..

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM

        Yeah. Bell’s strike zone has Markakis swinging at anything on the right hand batter’s box chalk line. Just missed the GDP. Wally Bell from Boston maybe? Only way to explain that strike zone. Vladdy up. F*ck Wally Bell, he’s got his own strike zone.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:33 PM

        Vladdy clutch, eh?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:34 PM

        Ruh Roh…keep all sharp objects away from the Braves fans after the Cardinals take the 2 run lead….

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

        This is crazy!!!!! What else can go wrong for the Red Sox???

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM

        Game aint over. TLR can still manage away this lead.

      • bigleagues - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM

        What strike zone? He’s just guessing on some of those pitchers over the righthand side of the plate.

        Wally needs to have that left eye checked out.

  11. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    I love Vlad…I really hope he is playing somewhere next year. Wearing no batting gloves is just awesome.

    • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:34 PM

      Has Papelbon thrown an off speed or breaking pitch yet? Man that’s some heat.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

        Man that was close @ 1st. 1 run only now.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM

        Finally, a pair of sliders. 3 – 2. Bell must just dislike Leftys. His zone has reverted for the righties.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM

        Exhale, Sox fans. 1 game lead intact. Meanwhile, over with the Cards/Astros…ruh roh…

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

        Ooops. It’s tied between the Sox & the Rays. Well, that’s interesting. Must have forgot to carry the 2 somewhere….

    • bigleagues - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      Unless your his wife.

  12. bigleagues - Sep 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    That wind that just blew through New England was The Nation exhaling after Papelbons 28 Pitch 9th.

  13. pisano - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    ” Russell Martin must really hate the Red Sox ” …. and he has a hell of a lot of company in that respect.

  14. protectthishouse54 - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    As the Yank’s only real postseason catcher, he should probably avoid the headfirst slides into first.

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