Jose Reyes hit for the cycle tonight. My son and I saw the triple, which made him 3-3 and left Reyes only a single away from accomplishing the feat, and then we managed to catch his single that put him on this list of rare accomplishments.
What other baseball statistical class includes Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner, Kirby Puckett, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio, but excludes Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and every Yankees player since 1995? Hitting for the cycle requires power, speed, bat control and sometimes a bit of good mojo at the plate.
It’s one of those goofy, unimportant sports events you remember for a long time. The first player I saw hit for the cycle was Richie Zisk of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in a 14-1 drubbing of San Francisco in 1974. Brought up to replace Roberto Clemente, Zisk proved himself a hitter in all aspects that day, and he became the first Buc in 10 years to hit for the cycle. At that time, the last Pirate to join the club was Willie Stargell, who hit for the cycle in his third season. A generation from now, we won’t remember who won the game (the Mets blew it in the 9th), or who else was playing, but my son and I will smile when we think about the last school night of 2006. Sure beats studying for a social studies quiz.