Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Unassisted Triple Play!

One of the most of rare events in sporting history happened today. Second baseman Eric Bruntlett turned an unassisted triple play to end the Philadelphia Phillies' wild 9-7 victory over the New York Mets. It was the 15th unassisted triple play in major league history - the second that ended a game. With runners on first and second in the ninth inning, Jeff Francoeur hit a line drive up the middle that appeared headed toward center field for a single. But both runners were stealing on the pitch, so Bruntlett was in perfect position as he moved over to cover second base. He caught the liner easily, stepped on second to double up Luis Castillo and then turned to tag Daniel Murphy for the third out. Murphy tried to backpedal away from Bruntlett, but had nowhere to go. To watch the video - Click Here.

What I like most about this is that Brunlett had made two bad plays in the inning beforehand - and the unassisted triple play pretty much wiped those from people's memory. Reminds me of what God has done in my own life: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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