Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto celebrates a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 14, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sometimes in baseball, we value weird things.

This week, J.T. Realmuto did something no Phillies player had done since David Bell in 2004. He hit a single, double, triple, and home run, all in the same game — a cycle.

Cycles in baseball are pretty rare, happening in under 1% of all games played. Realmuto’s teammate, Trea Turner, is one of the few players to have done it multiple times (three, in fact)

The Phillies don’t do this often — and it had been a loooooong drought. Just think of all the things that happened between Bell’s cycle and Realmuto’s:

  • The Phillies went to three World Series and won one of them.
  • The Eagles won a Super Bowl beating Tom Brady and the Patriots on a trick play. 
  • I got married and had three children.
  • The world went through the worst economic recession in history.
  • The United States elected the first Black president and then, eight years later, Donald Trump.
  • Artificial intelligence was created to destroy us all. Or, at best, lay us all off.
  • We went through a global pandemic.
  • Apple continued making more and more complex devices none of us can afford or find a good use for.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe came into existence.
  • Streaming surpassed cable TV as a preferred method of watching shows.
  • Podcasts became a thing!

Aaaaaaand… that’s pretty much it. 

So yeah, some stuff has gone down in the 19 years between Phils players hitting for the cycle. What will happen between J.T.’s and the next one?

John Stolnis grew up in Delco as a rabid fan of all Philadelphia sports, but the Phillies have always held a special place in his heart, particularly those disappointing Juan Samuel-led teams of the late...