Something happened in baseball Sunday that hadn’t been seen since 1905. A team turned a triple play that included an out for runner interference.
The rare play occurred in the third inning of the Rockies-Padres game in Colorado. Nolan Arenado fielded a ground ball from Carlos Quentin near the third base bag, stepped on the bag and threw to second.
The interference happened when Seth Smith slid into DJ LeMahieu and LeMahieu slightly hit Smith’s leg with his hand while making the relay throw to first. Quentin beat the throw to first but was called out because of Smith’s interference.
There is some question whether Smith’s contact with LeMahieu actually affected the throw, but it doesn’t matter, the interference ruling is still the right one.
So there you go. The ultra-rare 5-4-3 triple play with runner interference. Put that one in the memory book next to that other seldom-seen sight from Sunday, a dead person performing at the Billboard Music Awards.
A triple play, hologram Michael Jackson performing on stage and Godzilla returning to the big screen. And Zubaz making a come back. This weekend was one for the record books.