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Everything's happened before -- but not this

Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 10:20 am
 
NEW YORK -- Never happened.

It's the last thing you expect to hear.

Baseball has been played for more than 100 years. By this time next month, there will have been 200,000 major-league games.

In fact, if you believe the folks at baseball-reference.com (and I see no reason why you shouldn't), the actual number of games through Wednesday will be 199,589.

"Everything's happened," Russell Martin was saying Thursday.

Well, maybe now.

I have to admit, I never would have thought three grand slams in a game was a record. I guess I would have guessed that it tied a record, since it's hard to imagine a team hitting four.

But three? Yeah, that had to have happened, once in those 199,580 games.

Turns out it hadn't.

"Pretty amazing," Martin said. "This game has been played for a long time. Pretty much everything has happened."

It was easier to believe that no Yankee had 3,000 hits, until Derek Jeter did it earlier this year, than it was to believe that no big-league team had hit three grand slams, before the Yankees did it Thursday against the A's.

Robinson Cano hit one. Martin hit one the very next inning. And then Curtis Granderson hit one.

And when he did, the crowd went nuts . . . but not because anyone knew it was a record.

It wasn't until a few minutes later, when Granderson was already back in the dugout and the news appeared on the scoreboard, that the Yankees knew what they had just done.

"I was like, 'Oh, wow,'" Granderson said. "I was surprised it hadn't been done before."

It does seem crazy, but maybe it's not.

After all, the Yankees had only had three games in all their history in which they'd hit even two grand slams. They hadn't done it at all in 12 years, hadn't done it in this country in 75 years, hadn't ever done it at home.

Some teams go all season and don't hit even one grand slam.

Yes, Fernando Tatis once hit two in one inning, but some players go careers without hitting a grand slam.

Still, if I'd asked you Thursday morning whether any team had hit three grand slams -- in any of those nearly 200,000 games -- you'd have said yes. If you'd asked me, I'd have said yes.

"It's a pretty crazy accomplishment, if you think about it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

I'm trying to think about it, trying to think about how memorable it makes an otherwise forgettable 22-9 Yankee win over the A's.

But I keep going back to those two words at the top.

Never happened.

"Definitely cool," Martin said.

He's right. It's pretty amazing . . . and definitely cool.




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