July 7, 2006


Cycle thefts rare feat (Bill Chastain, 7/06/06, MLB.com)

Carl Crawford stole for the cycle Wednesday night, swiping second, third and home. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays outfielder is the first player to turn the trick in the same game since Tom Goodwin of the Rockies did it in 2000.

Crawford also became just the seventh American League player to go for the base stealer's cycle since World War II and the first since Gerald Williams of the Yankees in 1996.

But it was Crawford's steal of home -- the first of his career at any level -- that everybody wanted to talk about. [...]

Crawford offered this analysis: "Ah, man, I was just running."

Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell marveled at Crawford.

"He's so fast, it's unbelievable," Lowell said. "[Tuesday] he stole third from a standstill with both hands on his knees. Most guys, they try to get momentum. He's going from a standstill. Everyone talked about Deion [Sanders] and how fast he is, but I've never seen anyone faster than [Crawford]. He just goes from a standstill [position] to full speed so quickly. Even [Tuesday], his triple, he's waltzing into third and most guys are only getting to second on that. It's impressive. God, I wish I ran like that."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2006 10:56 AM

What gets focused on gets done.

Posted by: Bruno at July 7, 2006 11:28 AM

Oh so impressive.

Posted by: Marisa at July 7, 2006 11:37 AM

Actually, I think a true cycle would have included reaching first on a passed ball third strike, since that's the closest you can get to actually stealing first base.

Posted by: John at July 7, 2006 1:40 PM

I saw someone run for the other cycle--thrown out at 1b, 2b, 3b, and home one time, but can't remember who. Maybe Mike Greenwell?

Posted by: oj at July 7, 2006 1:44 PM

I think Greenwell did run for the cycle. I also saw Lou Pinella do it.

Posted by: Foos at July 7, 2006 6:40 PM