True baseball history occurred last night. Bengie Molina, the self-described “slowest man on earth,” hit for the cycle AND had a grand slam to carry the Rangers to an 8-4 win over Boston. While I didn’t get to see the game after the rain delay, I take some sort of karmic responsibility for spurring on this amazing feat. Just look at the text message exchange I had with Austin Talbert as history was being made:
AT (6:23)- My name is Vlad Guerrero and I am the worst base runner ever. (After Vlad was thrown out trying to take third).
Me (6:40)- Hello my name is Bengie Molina and I’m the slowest human being alive. (After Bengie barely made it to third).
AT (8:59)- Bengie!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me (9:00)- What happened?
AT (9:00)- Grandslam
Me (9:00)- That’s impossible. We’re talking about Bengie Molina.
AT (9:03)- Don’t look now. But he’s a triple shy of the cycle.
Me (9:03)- OK now that’s impossible.
AT (9:54)- Triple. No joke.
Me (12:11)- I take sole responsibility for this miracle.
AT (12:12)- You had nothing to do with it.
Let’s agree to disagree. Regardless, the call by Josh Lewin and Tom Grieve may be my favorite call of all time. “Pigs have flown in Boston, Massachusetts!” Simply brilliant.
Again, sorry for doubting you Bengie. Now keep it up.
So go celebrate Bengie Molina Day appropriately: eat six cheese enchiladas and then run the bases four times.