In one of his latest useless information columns, Jayson Stark has something to say about the cycles we witnessed last week:
4. It's all cyclical
Are cycles infectious? Jason Kubel of the Twins became the third player in just five days to hit for the cycle Friday. But here's what separates Kubel from all the other cyclists in history: He's the only cyclist to finish off a cycle with a go-ahead grand slam (in his case, an eighth-inning game-winner). The only other cyclists since 1900 to top off a cycle with a slam of any kind, according to Elias Sports Bureau, were Tony Lazzeri on June 3, 1932, and Miguel Tejada on Sept. 29, 2001. But both their teams were leading at the time.
5. Three for five
As we mentioned a few sentences ago, we had three cycles in five days last week (from Orlando Hudson, Ian Kinsler and Kubel). The insatiable Eric Orns reports that this is only the second time since 1885 when three cycles have been bunched so close together. Amazingly, the only other time was this past September (Cristian Guzman, Stephen Drew and Adrian Beltre). So we went 123 consecutive seasons without this happening once. Then it happened in back-to-back baseball months. What a sport!
10. He ain't heavy
After 218-pound Jason Kubel hit for his cycle, the sight of Kubel's legging out his triple inspired loyal reader Dusty Schuett to ask: Who's the heaviest player to hit for the cycle? Well, if we go by official weights, the answer is: 230-pounder Daryle Ward, who heavyweighted his way through one as an Astro on May 26, 2004.
I especially love the last one. How many active players are there who could break this record? One more reason to root for the Prince Fielder triple. By the way, did you know he once hit an inside the park home runs? And he didn't even have to slide into home (Video).