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Ichiro made a sick catch yesterday

Mar 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT won’t let me (or anyone else) embed video, so you have to check it out here.  Definitely worth your click-through, though. The catch is being compared to Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. Two differences from what I can see:

1. Willie Mays’ catch was only half of what made that play amazing. The throw which followed it — which kept Larry Doby at third base despite the fact that Wertz’s ball was hit approximately a gajillion feet — was just as impressive; and

2. Mays didn’t do a fancy little hop right before catching the ball.  If he had, we’d probably view his legacy in a whole new light.

Not that I’m taking away from Ichiro. That was a great catch.  Real baseball is almost here, my brothers and sisters.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 24, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    I think the distinction is simpler: Willie Mays fell on his ass after throwing the ball; Weezard fell on his ass before throwing the ball. Since Mays, outfielders seem to believe that falling on their asses following a great catch is de riguer, you know? But what would baseball be without stylistics?

  2. Rays fan - Mar 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    3rd difference–one was under the pressure of the WS; the other was in preseason & thus zero pressure.
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  3. OldNo7 - Mar 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Eh, not bad. Next time, though, try not using your hands.
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  4. Yank Fan Dave - Mar 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Is is just me, or does that video player suck? I’m on a T3 line, so it should not be a connectivity issue, but that video is choppy, jumpy and heavily pixelated. It’s not like it’s live streaming, so get some quality in there, especially if they are trying to get people to pay $120 for access to their video service!

  5. carlos - Mar 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    The video on their site is terrible. Always hanging up, and low quality. Come on people your the freak’in MLB. Youtube has better quality.

  6. Hanleezy - Mar 24, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Here is video of the catch.

  7. Mike Treder - Mar 24, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Another big difference – Mays ran about twice as far to make his catch. Center field distance in the Polo Grounds was 483 feet!

  8. Goldenfoot - Mar 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    The Mays throw held the runner on 2nd from scoring not 3rd.

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