The most exciting play
“The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.” — Hank Aaron
In typical fashion, Aaron turns the spotlight away from himself to voice an opinion I was relieved to read. I thought I was the only one who loved triples better than home runs.
There’s something slightly anti-climactic about a home run, even when it cleans up the bases or ends the game. With a home run, you’re there. With a triple, it’s that sweet moment when victory is in your grasp, but not quite yours.
Singles put men on base and doubles bring them home, but triples are in a class by themselves; they are the epitome of achievement, where the hitter/runner delivers more than expected, pushing the tension to its very limit. You’ll never see an arrogant batter jogging lazily around the bases in a triple.
As some of us celebrate the opening of another baseball season, remember that the greatest home run hitter of all time (STILL the greatest — Barry who?) understood the truth that getting there — especially when done with panache — is more than half of the fun.
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