Pirates may have turned the first 4-5-4 triple play in history
Baseball has been around, in some form or another, for over 300 years. While many look to the sport's origins in America around the time of the Civil War, with the birth of the Major Leagues in 1869, the sport dates back to English folk games as far back as the early 1700s.
And yet on Saturday night, while you and your significant other were arguing over whether you wanted to order pizza or Chinese, the Pirates did something that may have never been done in recorded history: Turn a 4-5-4 triple play. While there have been 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 and 2-5-6-3s, according to SABR, the second-base-to-third-base-back-to-second-base had yet to be achieved.
With runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the second, Yadier Molina's line drive was snagged by a leaping Neil Walker, who then fired to Jung Ho Kang at third ... who in turn tossed it back to Walker to end the inning and the Cardinals threat.
Although, this one almost never happened, either. After Kang made the out at third, he started to trot towards the dugout thinking that the inning was over, nearly depriving us all of this wonderful moment in history. Fortunately that didn't happen -- especially since I've seen Ashton Kutcher's "The Butterfly Effect," and know that an action like that can have dire consequences.