It was a crazy Saturday around Major League Baseball. Three separate incidents stand out from Saturday’s games. Sadly, two of them are not something you want to see happen. Let’s start with the good first.
Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in history on Saturday and the 2nd of the season. He pulled this feat off against the Florida Marlins, and strangely the last 3 perfect games thrown over the last 2 years have been against Florida teams (the previous two being the Tampa Bay Rays). This is the first time in history that 2 perfect games have been thrown in the same season, let alone the same month (Dallas Braden did it on May 9th). Throw in the Ubaldo Jimenez no-hitter and it has been quite the year for pitchers so far.
With only 20 perfect games in history you might think that it is the hardest thing to do, but you would be wrong. There are two other accomplishments that have happened even fewer times. First of all, the unassisted triple play with only 15 occurrences in history (5 of them have come in the 2000s).
But perhaps the most difficult is the natural cycle with only 14 occurrences in the history of baseball. You might be asking yourself, is a natural cycle different than a cycle? Yes, it is. A natural cycle occurs when the hitter has his hits in order of single, double, triple, homerun. Gary Mathews Jr. was the last to pull off this feat while with Texas in 2006 against the Detroit Tigers.
From the column of don’t celebrate too early, Kendry Morales hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against Seattle on Saturday, but wasn’t able to walk off the field. As Morales approached home plate surrounded by his teammates, he leaped into the air and landed awkwardly on home plate. He twisted his angle and went down hard breaking his leg. It was a freak accident but it will surely change the way the Angels celebrate throughout the rest of the season.
Perhaps the most gruesome site of the day came in New York when David Huff was hit by an Alex Rodriguez line drive. The ball glanced off the side of his head and went all the way into right field. It’s never a fun sight to see and even Arod was shaken up after the play. Hopefully David Huff will make a full recovery with no damage done. That is the most important thing at the moment. If he is able to pitch again one day will just be icing on the cake. Above is a video of the line drive. Watch at your own free will, but know it’s a pretty shocking video.