Eric Bruntlett. Two words that make Phillies fans cringe. On August 23rd though, he made history. Not just Phillies history, baseball history. Only fifteen times has an unassisted triple play occurred, and only twice has it ended a game. Eric Bruntlett is now part of that group. As much as we all like to pile on his batting average and how it was lower than his weight, for one day he was a legend, not just in the city but in the whole wide world of baseball.
With the Phillies up by two in the ninth, no outs, and the Mets rallying with runners on first and second, the Phillies needed a big play to prevent the Mets from coming back. Bruntlett helped the Mets’ cause with one of two Phillies errors in the inning. Jeff Francoeur hit a 2-2 pitch right to Bruntlett, who stepped on second to double up Luis Castillo and then tagged Daniel Murphy for the third out.
Bruntlett had this to say after the game:
I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t know what to do. The ninth inning was wild. The whole game it seemed was strange. I was almost laughing. What do you do there? Game’s over. High fives.
He might be out of organization forever, but the legend will live on.
EDIT: Here is the video