The St. Louis Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the 2013 World Series thanks to slugger Matt Holliday who lead off the top of the fourth inning with a triple.
It wasn’t just any triple though. It was only Holliday’s eighth triple in five years, but more importantly it came at Fenway Park. And if you know the dimensions of Fenway, you know it was pretty exciting.
Holliday took a fat fastball down the middle from John Lackey and crushed it to deep center field. The ball was likely pushing 400 to 405 feet before it crashed into the bottom of the padded wall, bouncing well off to the left. That sent Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury in a full out sprint to get to the ball, though thankfully for Boston, Holliday’s slow legs only had him rounding second base by the time Ellsubry got his glove on it.
A faster runner and we might have been talking about a potential inside-the-park home run.