Now don't get me wrong, triples are a lot of fun to watch - the initial excitement of the hit, watching the runner turn on that extra gear rounding second, the building tension of "will he make it??" But to me, there was always a much more obvious candidate for baseball's most exciting play....
I speak of course of the play at the plate!
To me the play at the plate has all the virtues of a triple, as you can see the play developing, but then you also get the added excitement that scoring a run is on the line, plus you have the potential for a bone-jarring collision with the catcher. In my opinion it's no contest which is "most exciting."
And now, here's a selection of cards that capture baseball's moment of truth - the play at the plate~!
1998 Pinnacle #77 - Ray Durham
1995 UD Collector's Choice #55 - Sid Bream
Easily one of baseball's most famous plays at the plate, who can forget Sid Bream chugging around third and just barely beating Barry Bonds' throw to win Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS??
1999 Stadium Club #292 - Phil Nevin
1999 Stadium Club #127 - Brady Anderson
2012 Topps Chrome #29 - Carl Crawford
1998 Fleer #396 - Scott Servais
1993 Upper Deck #219 - Gary Carter
1996 UD Collector's Choice #304 - Kirt Manwaring
1994 Topps #370 - Benny Santiago
1993 Topps #721 - Rick Wilkins
Until next time, may all your throws to the plate be right on target!