Monday, August 23, 2010

The Greatest Catches This Baseball Season

Two outfielders for the Hiroshima Carp arguably made the best catches this season, not only in NPB, but in all of baseball.

First, Masato Akamatsu made this Spider-Man catch on August 4.




Sunday it was Soichiro Amaya's turn.



I especially love the reaction of the pitcher, Yuuki Saitoh. You can tell the game was in Japan because the fans actually stepped back and let Amaya catch the ball instead of reaching over him to try to catch it themselves.

There are a couple of crazy things going on with these two catches:

  1. The same pitcher was on the mound.
  2. The catches were made against the same team, the Yokohama BayStars.
Too bad it wasn't the same batter. That really would've been freaky.

Thanks to NPB Tracker for tweeting about Amaya's catch. Perhaps Twitter is useful after all.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was an amazing catch. Will probably win ESPN's play of the year, or whatever it's called.

D.F.


P.S. New album due out in spring. About the same time your friend John will be visiting.

shrinecastle said...

D.F.,

I had no idea you were a baseball fan. Ha.

Are you releasing a new album to celebrate John's eventual visit to NYC?

Anonymous said...

I do watch baseball from time to time. Depends on what's going on.

And no (ha ha) I am not releasing a new album because of John's arrival. But I will be playing a few venues so maybe you guys can stop by for a show.

Rene said...

Those are the two best catches I have seen in years. They are incredible but they are not as great compared to Kirby Puckett's catch in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series or the one that Dwayne Wise made to save Mark Buehrle's perfect game last year or even Willie Mays one in SF, they rank way up there in the list of best catch ever!