Do you remember seventeen days ago? A world without Rhys Hoskins in the majors? I can, but I don’t want to. Because on Sunday, Rhys Hoskins had a helluva game. And somehow that’s an understatement. What actually happened was HOLY CRAP RHYS HOSKINS.
In the fifth inning of the Phillies’ game against the Cubs, Rhys Hoskins started a triple play.
Yes. That actually happened. I’ll give you a moment to absorb that.
Here’s what it looked like.
Now that’s what I call togetherness! pic.twitter.com/mGhGs6QlcU— Phillies (@Phillies) August 27, 2017
Hoskins made a sliding catch, but recovered in time to throw to Cesar Hernandez at second, who threw to Tommy Joseph at first. Everyone was out — Javier Baez was out on the catch, Anthony Rizzo was out at second, and Tommy La Stella was out at first. Matt Gelb of Philly.com had the best facts.
Phillies records indicate this was the second triple play started by an outfielder since 1925. You never know what you'll see at the yard.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 27, 2017
He’s right: you never know what you’ll see at the yard. So why don’t we check back in with Gelb in the eighth inning.
Rhys Hoskins: Are you fucking kidding me?— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 27, 2017
What would cause him to react like that? And with such — dramatic gasp — language? It’s this.
Rhys Hoskins hit his 11th home run of the season in his 18th career game. Rhys Hoskins is doing things that no one in all of baseball history has ever done before. AND I AM HERE FOR IT.
Hoskins has 11 homers in his first 18 games. No Major Leaguer ever had hit 11 homers in fewer than 23 games.— Ben Harris (@byBenHarris) August 27, 2017
Hoskins is the 5th player in #Phillies franchise history to homer in five consecutive games joining Utley (twice), Abreu, Schmidt and Allen.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) August 27, 2017
Rhys Hoskins has tied the Phillies team-lead with seven two-strike homers this season in 18 games.— Ben Harris (@byBenHarris) August 27, 2017
Take a deep breath because I’m definitely not done yet.
Rhys Hoskins has more HR in 18 games than Aaron Judge has in any full month this season— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) August 27, 2017
"I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young guy look that profound at home plate," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said about Rhys Hoskins.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 27, 2017
It’s Rhys Hoskins’ world, we’re all just living in it. The man can’t stop, won’t stop. He’s incredible. What even is happening right now. Is this real?
It’s real. And it’s the most fun thing to happen to the Phillies in years. Let’s all sit back and enjoy it.