Michael Cuddyer donates baseball from his second cycle to Hall of Fame
With a game-time temperature of 89 degrees, August 17, 2014 was a hot night – for Denver, at least. Ominous clouds loomed over Coors Field as the grounds crew prepared for Game 2 of the Rockies’ doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. The stadium was just over half-full by the start of the game, but by innings eight and nine, attendance began to dwindle.
Whether this was due to rain – or the Rockies’ five-run lead by end of the eighth inning – the fans who left missed history that night at Coors. Colorado right fielder Michael Cuddyer, in his first day back off the 60-day DL, was off to a strong start in the first with a scorching triple to right field.
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He followed that with a home run to the left field seats in the bottom of the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, he recorded a double… and was starting to notice a pattern.
“I think anytime you have one left [to go in the cycle], you definitely are aware of it,” Cuddyer said in an interview with the Hall of Fame. “It was crazy, I felt good coming off the rehab assignment, but that was the second game of a doubleheader.”
Alex Coffey is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum