July 17, 1990
With no score in the fourth inning of a game between the Red Sox and the Twins at Fenway Park, Wade Boggs managed to make his way to third base as a result of a walk and a Jody Reed double. Another walk by Twins pitcher Scott Erickson loaded the bases with Tom Brunansky stepping to the plate.
Twins third baseman Gary Gaetti leaned over to Boggs and told him to “get ready for a triple play”. It was unlikely, but Gaetti knew that his former teammate Brunansky was a pull hitter with little speed. Boggs rolled his eyes at Gaetti’s prediction. The triple play, after all, is one of those rare plays in baseball- like landing on the moon, according to Jody Reed.
Brunansky hit a sharp ground ball right to Gaetti, who put his money where his mouth was and started the 5-6-3 triple play.
Jody Reed had another opportunity to walk on the moon in the eighth inning of the same game. He came up to bat with the bases loaded and nobody out. Baseball history had no recorded instances in which two triple plays were turned in the same game. Gaetti kept his mouth shut and third.
Instead, he took Reed’s sharp grounder, stepped on third, and threw to Newman to start the game’s second 5-6-3 triple play, Gaetti to Newman to Hrbek.
The two triple plays were not enough, however. The Red Sox won the game 1-0.