Roberts doubled in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, collecting his 50th double of the season and becoming just the fourth player in Major League history to record 50 doubles in three or more campaigns. He joins Hall of Famers Tris Speaker, who accomplished the feat in five seasons, Paul Waner (three seasons) and Stan Musial (three seasons).
"I'm guessing that will be the only thing in my career that I'll ever be in that sort of company for," Roberts said with a smile. "But it's humbling. When you set out to play, you don't think about those sorts of things, that's for sure. But when they happen, I respect the game and I like the history of the game, and to be in that company is something I'll be proud of when I'm done."
With 51 doubles last season, Roberts also recorded his second straight 50-double season, joining Craig Biggio, who did so in 1998-99, and Billy Herman (1935-36).
Fresh from his team's second consecutive loss to the Sox, though, it was difficult for Roberts to find immediate satisfaction in the accomplishment.
"Probably not a whole lot right this second," he said. "But maybe I'll look back on it, and it'll certainly be something that I'll probably eventually be proud of -- that you can say something, I guess, for what you did in your career maybe not too too many people had a chance to do."
Roberts didn't get the ball he hit as a memento of his accomplishment.
"No, I didn't," he said with a laugh. "To tell you the truth, honestly, I didn't even think about it. I think I was just happy to get a hit."
Still, he was happy to get the landmark double, his only hit of the game. His last two-base hit was more than a week ago, Sept. 1 against the Yankees.
"I figured eventually," Roberts said. "I had about 30 games. I figured I could dink one in somewhere and run hard. Yeah, it's nice to get it out of the way. Friends and people have been ragging on me for a week, so it's nice to at least get it over with."
And gain a place in the history books.
Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less