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Jayson Werth made a fairly impressive barehanded catch of a fly ball he lost in the sun in the third inning on Sunday.
There it is in GIF form above (via @dhm, h/t @JWerthsBeard).
And here's the video, via MLB.com:
Posted on August 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM | Permalink
Nice GIF - should use that method more often.
August 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I ended up with this ball! Wish I could have had it authenticated somehow, but it's still a great story.
August 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I caught one this season in right field in almost the exact same fashion. No two hands means no second chance at a missed ball. Nice fundamentals Werth! Always thought that guy was a great player anyway, just didnt get a comfortable with the Angels.
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August 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I can't quite see why the excitement rose for a bare-handed catch. A cricket ball is very much harder (read, like concrete) than a baseball, comes at or down to you at well over a hundred klms an hour and cricket fielders don't wear gloves. Trust me, I've had the broken fingers, teeth and knuckles to prove it!
August 27, 2012 at 04:26 PM
What are klms, do you mean Km/hr? And secondly, there are many factors that play into the rate of speed at which a fly ball drops. Based on those two statements, I'm going to assume that cricket is not a sport... Haha, just kidding! That would be something an American would say. Or something anyone besides an American would say about the NFL.
August 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
seriousley ? Go Leep off a skyscraper
August 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
it is not skill. you should catch a fly ball like that. if he missed that, everyone would shun him.
August 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
It ofcourse is SKILL. But a fundamental one. As someone said, that's why you at least put two hands in the catching position on, especially, fairly routine flyballs. 1) To lock the ball in with the barehand, not actually catch it. Should it start to pop out, the second hand can prevent it. and 2) IN a rare case like this, if the ball DOES bounce out of miss the heel altogether, you do get the second chance of rescuing the catch with a bare hand. And why do idiots always compare baseball with cricket ball (or whatever you call it) or, say, jai alai pelota is harder catch with a baree hand. So is a bowling ball or arrow. We're talking catching a BASEBALL. Some poeplee just like to be smart*sses for sake of being a smart*ss.
August 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Dave, I think that's because nobody cares about cricket.
August 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
If cricket meant anything, we would be watching the highlights on espn.
August 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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