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Angel Pagan makes his ‘play of the year’ bid

Jul 25, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

Angel Pagan

Check this one out: San Francisco’s Angel Pagan covered a whole lot of ground in center to rob Carlos Quentin of a double or triple in a 2-2 game against the Padres on Tuesday. He then got up and made the relay to Brandon Crawford to double up Chase Headley at first base.

Here’s the video.

Thanks to Pagan’s catch, the score remained 2-2 headed to the bottom of the eighth. The Padres surely would have scored at least one run in the inning otherwise. The Giants went on to win the game 3-2 on a Crawford RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    That. Was. Awesome.

    • b7p19 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      As a Padres fan, I feel less enthusiastic about it than you do.

  2. jon623 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Wicked sick catch. And then the icing on the cake was his ability to stay focues on the play, realize he had a base runner caught, hop up and fire a cut-off throw to nail him at first. Very, very impressive. That relay throw by Crawford was gorgeous as well.

    This is like baseball porn.

  3. seeingwhatsticks - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    The most unbelievable part of that play was a right handed hitter making contract off Sergio Romo.

    It’s a great catch and a heads up play but it’s not even the best Giants catch of the year. Still giving the edge to Blanco.

  4. caladan607 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Pagan is often knocked for average defense. Guess he will let this play speak for him to his doubters. Nicely done.

    • paperlions - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      Yeah, because making one fantastic play means that you are a good fielder. Slow guys steal bases, pitchers hit HRs, and below average fielders make great plays….it’s baseball, it happens, but the exceptional event doesn’t shape reality.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    You talk about tracking a ball. Dude was pickin’ em’ up and puttin’ em’ down.
    Well done by Pagan and Crawford.

  6. andrewproughcfe - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Pagan seemed to jog out there and reach at the last moment – not really remarkable. When it was hit, looked like it would track to be a routine out. Best part of the play was that the runner was so far gone that he couldn’t get back to first in time.

  7. willsolo - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    No wonder my girlfriend was so happy last night. Not only did the Dodgers lose and the Giants win, but Pagan made one hell of a catch. Now I will have to listen about this for the next day or so…

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