I was in New York last night. Not at Yankee Stadium, unfortunately, where the Yankees played a ridiculous game with the Orioles. The game mostly occurred while I was busing up from Baltimore, but the most exciting parts happened while I was, of course, in the subway tunnels and out of signal. When I went underground, the score was tied.
When I emerged, the Yankees had scored three runs on an embarrassing error in center by Orioles "Gold Glover" Adam Jones, and they also managed to turn just their second triple play since 1968. Of course. (Interestingly, the previous triple play in 2010 also occurred with CC Sabathia on the mound.)
The bases were loaded with two outs in a tie game when Vernon Wells hit a long fly to center that might have left the yard on a warmer night. It appeared that Jones would catch up to it and preserve the tie. A reminder: the players, coaches, and managers picked Jones to win the Gold Glove last year over Mike Trout.
Welp. The bobble led to three runs scoring and the Yankees took a 5-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
One of the reasons the Yanks held the lead was the defense's amazing escape job in the following half-inning. The O's put the first two men on against CC. Then... this happened. (The Internet was right on it, and someone at another website produced the GIF of the full triple play. No sense in duplicating it, so here it is.)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in major league history, probably because as one writer noted, that looks more like a phone number than a baseball play. The Yanks escaped the inning, and the team looked about as excited as we've seen them in quite some time. Celebratory GIFs!
Hurrah, indeed! Bravo.