Unassisted Triple Play!

This video has been out in the ether all season.  Still … one of my favorites.

The triple play is a thing of beauty.  But, the unassisted triple play is much, much more.  It requires a good glove, a good eye, good timing, and a good bit of luck.  A single fielder makes all three outs on a single play.

It’s an extremely rare event.  (According to Baseball Almanac, it’s happened only 15 times in the entire history of major league baseball.)  So, when it’s accomplished by a 6-year-old, it becomes transcendent!

Here … watch!  (Even if you’ve seen it before — it even made it to ESPN — watch again.  It’s only 18 seconds of your day, afterall.)

My favorite part of this may be that the little fella really had no idea that what he had done was anything special.  He just made the outs … 1 … 2 … 3.   He had to hustle a bit.  He had to follow some direction from his coach.

But, all in all, he made it look rather easy.

No fist pumps, dancing, jawing, or heroics for him.  After all, he was just doing his job.

5 thoughts on “Unassisted Triple Play!

  1. I will agree, I absolutely loved this video when it came out. There is something so great about watching his slight confusion, but he got all three… And his seemingly calm reaction that it happened. Like it was just another day on the diamond :)

    • I love this video too! There is such an amazing joy of the game when kids play. I wonder if a lot of the big leaguers have lost that — because there’s such pressure to perform at a certain level, and make a certain amount of money. I always hear so many major leaguers describe a baseball season as a “grind.” There is no grind in Little League, just joy! Thank you for commenting!

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