On Monday night, there were more laughs centered around the slow-footed Shoppach. The backup catcher hit a high fly ball to deep left that went off the arm of leaping Royals left fielder Alex Gordon. Shoppach motored into third for his first career triple.
Shoppach was fortunate that his triple prompted a pitching change, giving him time for a water break in the dugout.
"It shouldn't be mathematically possible for me to run that far," quipped Shoppach after the Red Sox beat the Royals, 11-5. "I thought he was going to catch it. He stole one from me later on. It was fun."
Could Shoppach even remember his last triple?
"I know for a fact I didn't do it in college," Shoppach said. "I don't recall in high school. Little League's too far away to really remember. Never as a professional, for sure. Yeah. I got all the columns filled, except caught stealing."
Upon further review, Shoppach did hit three triples in the Minor Leagues -- one in 2002 for Class A Sarasota and the other two for Double-A Portland in '03.
Nine years between triples is a long time.
Shoppach went 1,525 plate appearances before hitting his first triple, the longest drought of any active player.