Mmm… the catch
Check out this cool PI photo from the AP. I swear, if that guy reaching out had got in Ichiro’s way, I’d have strangled him myself. You know who you are.
Garret Anderson, quoted in the PI:
“He just went up on the wall and made the catch,” said Anderson, who did not initially believe it was a home run. “I mean, I’ve seen a lot of guys go up on the wall and make a catch. You might blow it out of proportion because he’s a good defensive player. I’ve seen that before.”
Hi. Ichiro took off on the hit, ran full-tilt to the wall, lept up, planted on the padding to get up, then turned, adjusted, and caught it before he came back down. I’ve been watching baseball for almost all of my life, though in deference I will admit I have likely not seen as much baseball as you have played. I have seen Griffey make many spectacular plays during his time as a stellar centerfielder, and enjoyed Mike Cameron for years, and probably in that way have seen more spectacular centerfield play than you.
I have seen Griffey go up on the wall, Buhner go over walls, I’ve seen all kinds of crazy things. I have never seen a catch like that. Ichiro didn’t just go up on the wall and make a catch, as you say — Ichiro ran a long way to get there and then had to do a couple of equally spectacular things to snag the ball.
If you have indeed seen such a play more than once in your life, you are a luckier man than I am.
Also, the PI notebook has a lot on Madritsch’s shoulder (it’s better but he’s still going to be out for a couple weeks, at least). It also mentions that the team has now watched “Napolean Dynamite” seven games in a row.
The Times has Spiezio news: his midsection still hurts. Your reaction to this news may vary.