Last night, Troy Tulowitzki had one of the best nights ever by a member of the Colorado Rockies,driving in seven runs and hitting for the cycle (thanks to a wild sprint that stretched a double into triple) in an 11-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs
. Along the way, Tulo became just the second player in Major League Baseball history to hit for the cycle and complete an unassisted triple play,
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The only other person to complete this fete was shortstop/third-baseman John Valentin, who had a highly respectable if not quite Hall of Fame caliber career, mostly with the Boston Red Sox. Indeed, one Boston-centric blog lists him at number sixty among the top 100 Red Sox players in history, a slot behind Mike Timlin and one ahead of former Rockies outfielder Ellis Burks. And while Valentin retired in 2002 after a decade in the bigs, he's still part of the game, managing the minor-league Chattanooga Lookouts.
Too soon to know if Tulo will surpass these achievements. But if last night is any indication, he's definitely in the running.