When the Mariners turned their first triple play in 15 years Monday, it was a first for everyone who touched the ball, the pitcher who got it all started and even the manager who watched it.
Daren Brown had seen one, but never an around-the horn triple play - from third to second to first base. Jose Lopez had never been involved in one, Chone Figgins had never even seen one. And Casey Kotchman?
"Maybe in Little League, unassisted,” Kotchman joked. “You know, where you catch the ball and then run around tagging guys?”
It was a bang-bang-bang play in the fourth inning, started by Lopez, who fielded a ground ball, threw to Figgins who threw to Kotchman to retire the side.
The most disappointed Mariner in Safeco Field? Closer David Aardsma.
That damnable triple play. Aardsma didn’t see it.
“I was in the bathroom,” he said sheepishly. “I heard the crowd go ‘ooh,’ and then ‘ooooh,’ and then ‘ooooooh!’ and I thought, ‘Something big must have happened.' So I come running out pulling my pants up to see what it was, and they were showing a replay.
“Man, that’s brutal. I’ve still never seen one.”