The wait is over. Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury now holds a record that he can say is his, and his alone.
In the fourth inning of Monday's 5-1 win over the Rays (played at Citi Field with Tampa Bay as the home team in a game relocated due to Hurricane Irma), Ellsbury reached first base on catcher's interference after his bat made contact with Wilson Ramos' glove. Live, the play looked rather pedestrian:
But don't let that fool you. That very act gave Ellsbury his 30th career catcher's interference, a feat that hadn't been achieved before. No, really, it's his record now:
We witnessed history at Citi Field tonight. That was Jacoby Ellsbury 30th catcher's interference, passing Pete Rose for the most all-time.- Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 12, 2017
How does this happen to a player this many times? Well, games like the one Ellsbury had in 2015 in which he reached base twice on catcher's interference will help. Kudos to Ellsbury for skills like this, as well as his penchant for straight steals of home, too.
In commemoration of this historic night, we'd support Ellsbury if he decided to adopt a new walk-up song since he does, in fact, stand alone atop this particular all-time record: