Relive the magical night that Bengie Molina hit for the cycle
Entering his final at-bat of the game on July 16, 2010, against the Red Sox, Bengie Molina was already off to a career night. The Rangers catcher, who celebrates his 43rd birthday today, had a second-inning single, an opposite-field double off J.D. Drew's glove and a long grand slam to center field. He had one run, three hits, four RBIs, and seven total bases. You can recap all the magic right here.
Now, the 35-year-old, playing in what would be his final Major League season, had a chance at history. An opportunity for greatness. With a triple, he could become the the fifth Ranger to hit for the cycle and the 15th catcher in baseball history. He only had five three-baggers in his career up to that point and, let's just say, was not the most nimble of baserunners in the league.
But on a 2-1 count and a towering drive into the Fenway Park triangle, it happened:
Bengie, the Texas dugout and the broadcast were ecstatic. After the game, he relayed his thoughts on the moment to MLB.com.
And for his career as a whole:
Molina also became the first catcher to ever hit a grand slam as part of a cycle -- enshrining the play in Cooperstown for all eternity.