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Video of the Day: Jon Jay gets style points

Sep 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Back in the 70s, skateboards were transformed from a transportation device into a vehicle for artistry and expression. Likewise, Jon Jay must be bored with the humdrum conventions of center field. Because he’s apparently trying to introduce a freestyle element to the position:

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Hell of a catch.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Hey, it’s the Astros, you have to give the poor locals SOME entertainment worth their tickets.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Great comedy but not a great catch. If he had been positioned properly, it would have been a routne out.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      I don’t know PC, it was line drive, barely any time to react. How the heck do you position properly for a line drive?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        I think that he should have been playing deeper.

    • blues1988 - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      while i agree he could have taken a better route to it or been playing deeper, regardless, the reaction to save the play was one hell of a catch. as someone already mentioned, i think the announcers pointed it out an inning or 2 before as well, that he hasn’t made an error all season. the concentration throughout completely saved his error less season!

    • paperlions - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Yeah, every hit is just a situation in which the fielder was positioned poorly….and every diving catch is just a player making up for not being positioned properly. If they would just stand in the right place, all of this running about and jumping and diving wouldn’t be necessary.

    • cur68 - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      No, PC, I gotta disagree. Jay had to be good to come up with it. Positioning is a matter of who the batter is. Jay had to SOMEWHERE in CF: he was where he felt he should be to make a play on what Kottaras, who hits .220 with NO power, would do. Just Jay’s bad luck that George Kottaras actually got enough of one to make that catch difficult. Just Jay’s superior skillz that sees him come up with the ball.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      No, great comedy would have been watching that ball hit Colby Rasmus in his dome while he had his back to the batter picking grass/and or peeing in the outfield.

      Now that woulda been comedic.

      • cur68 - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Hey! Rasmus doesn’t do that! He picks dandelions. And eats them.*

        *(ok, I’ve watched Rasmus all season in CF: he’s pretty good out there, so the chances of him getting conked is real small, but I gotta laugh or I wouldn’t be me)

  4. only1stantheman - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I can’t blame the theatrics, in nabbing that he avoided his first error of the season. That’s right, the kid has no errors on the season, he is the real deal. And, to use my wife’s favorite joke, he is my favorite federalist.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Hell of catch. The ball was a rising line drive. Should he have been playing deeper? Probably.
    Based upon the way the ball was hit…of course. But it’s always easy to say that from the couch, the chair, the desk, the stands, etc…

  6. spudchukar - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I would much rather have a centerfielder occasionally allow a ball to be hit over his head, and trade that for the numerous times Jay takes away hits on bloopers, holds runners from advancing to third on singles, and giving him legitimate chance to throw out runners trying to score. His mentor, and predecessor Jim Edmonds took a similar approach, and if I remember correctly it worked out well for him.

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