I was sitting on the throne, my thoughts idling about baseball, and exciting plays came to mind.
What do you find exciting about the game? A no-hitter? A homerun? A double play? A rhubarb on the field where players argue calls and get tossed? A fan running out onto the field from the stands? The entertainment before or afterwards? Lots and lots of runs scored? How good-looking all the players are? When someone makes an unbelievable catch?
For me, the most exciting play in baseball is the squeeze bunt. This happens when the bases are loaded, the batter drops a well-placed bunt down - usually just inside the line towards third, and the runner from 3rd base arrives at home plate safely while the pitcher (and sometimes the catcher, as well) is scrambling for the ball. It just blows my mind every time I see one of those executed to perfection.
A triple play is also great fun to see. The most common occurrence, I guess, is when - with runners at 1st and 2nd - the ball is hit sharply on the ground towards 3rd. The third baseman snags the ball, steps on third, hot shots the ball over to second, which is then quickly relayed to first. I saw several of those back in the 90's, when our infield consisted of Jeff Bagwell (1st), Craig Biggio (2nd) and Ken Caminiti (3rd).
Ken's fielding was extraordinary in those days. (This was long before he got caught up in some personal stuff that detracted from his performance and eventually led to an early death.) Plus, he could rifle a ball over to first base faster than anyone I can ever remember seeing. There was one year - 1993, it must have been, the year before the infamous strike - when those three guys were the starting infield for the All Star Game. Those were special times for Astros fans.
I have never seen an unassisted triple play, but I'd like to. I've only heard about them. I could see this possibly happening at either 2nd or 3rd, where the baseman makes an incredible snatch of a screamer going right past him, steps on the bag before the runner can get back to it safely and then tags out the advancing runner. That would be exciting!
Home runs, as a rule, I find kind of 'ho hum'. Two exceptions ... grand slams and a home run to win the game. Well, I guess the latter would be tied in my mind with any ball hit well enough to drive home the winning run. Home field advantage? Nothing like it!