Watch Dioner Navarro and Ben Zobrist turn the first ever 2-6-2 triple play with the 2006 Rays
Since the dawn of the species, humanity had waited to witness a 2-6-2 triple play turned in MLB. Then, as random and improbable as the first humans to light a fire, humans Dioner Navarro and Ben Zobrist turned one for the Rays (née Devil Rays) on Sept. 2, 2006.
Nine years ago, in the top of the first inning of the Rays' game against the Mariners at Tropicana Field, J.P. Howell struck out Raul Ibanez looking. Navarro immediately fired the ball to Zobrist, who tagged out Adrian Beltre attempting to steal second. He then sent it back to Navarro to nab Jose Lopez on his way to home. And so went the world's first ever catcher-to-second-baseman-back-to-catcher triple play, and the Rays' first ever triple play turned at the Trop.
Watching it, I might argue that triple play was a more significant human achievement than fire. Or more entertaining, at least.
"I just watched the ball fly around like a snowball fight. But it was fun, man," Howell said after the game.
Another fun fact about the game: Rocco Baldelli, Delmon Young and Zobrist all homered, in what may very well have been the most Devil Rays trio of home runs ever. And yet, even with the three homers and the triple play, the Mariners prevailed, 4-3.