Nothing like an inside-the park HR

A triple is fun to watch, but not as much as an inside-the-park homer -- or anything that brings you to your feet.

Originally Published: August 9, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
It seems like just yesterday that I heard a broadcaster say, "Maybe the most exciting play in baseball is the triple." Oh, wait ... it was yesterday, and I think it was Bert Blyleven. Either him or the guy who was filling in for Dick Bremer and gets excited about infield singles. Anyway, that's what I've been hearing for a long time: that the triple is the most exciting play in baseball.

I'm not so sure about that, though. I used to believe it, but these days it seems most triples don't even include a close play at third base. And if there's not a close play, then how exciting can it be? How exciting is a triple? Since the 2000 season, batters have tried to stretch a double into a triple 4,628 times, and they've been tagged out only 6.5 percent of the time. Ho-hum.