April 12, 2011
David Ortiz's Annual Triple is in the Books
Sure, the Red Sox ended up losing (again), but with the three-bagger, the slugger joins Detroit Tigers outfielder Carlos Guillen as the only two players to have had at least one triple every year since 2000.
Yeah...we're talking twelve straight seasons!
Second on the active leaders list (Ortiz's new teammate Carl Crawford leads everyone with 105 triples), Johnny Damon with 100 career triples, will join the pair when he gets his.
For his career, "Big Papi" has 16 triples. And to put things in perspective (or not), career triples leader, Hall of Famer Sam Crawford, has 309 and 13 times over his 19 year career, he had 15 or more.
But here's the kicker, gang, the Red Sox and Ortiz's former team, the Minnesota Twins are 11-4 in the 15 games where Ortiz has reached third without stopping first for oxygen at either of the previous two bases.
An interesting sidenote...one of those three losses (an 8-3 victory by the Orioles July 22, 2004) marks the only game where Ortiz hit two triples in one contest.
Both times he was left stranded at third.