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Alexi Amarista made a redonkulous catch yesterday

Aug 7, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

Watching a center fielder run for days, back to the infield, at a full sprint, and catch a ball is one of the coolest things that can happen on a baseball field. Maybe the absolute coolest. All I know is that I could watch this play over and over again and never get sick of it.

And it wasn’t just flash for flash’s sake. If Amarista doesn’t track this ball down, the Twins win in a walkoff. As it was, it forced extra innings and led to a Padres win.

  1. jimmyt - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    I assume you know what redonkulous refers to. So you could watch Amarista’s ass over and over? OK, to each his own.

    • icanspeel - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Per Urban Dictionary.

      redonkulous
      re.donk’u.lous adj.

      1. significantly more absurd than ridiculous to an almost impossible extreme; without possibility of serious consideration.

      2. fitted to excite absolute ridicule; intentionally crazy and silly; completely absurd and laughable.

      “redonkulous” – as first popularized by the fictional character Seth Cohen on FOX’s The O.C.

  2. icanspeel - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    On a different note.. great catch considering the situation, but the batters reaction when he realized it was caught was priceless.

  3. miguelcairo - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Nice use of the word redonkulous.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Outfielders making over the shoulder catches happen every day in MLB.
    Solid play to be sure. Especially with the circumstances.
    But yeah…an ordinary over the shoulder catch that MLB outfielders routinely make.
    Sorry…MLB outfielders NOT named Matt Holliday make plays like this.

    Side Note: Grown Men should NEVER (under any circumstances) use the word “redonkulous.”

    • Bryz - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Yeah okay. Never mind that Amarista was playing extremely shallow. Never mind the circumstances that if he misses that ball, the Twins win. Let’s just focus that it was “routine.”

      Or, how about this? There was nothing routine about that. He had to do a full sprint to catch that.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Or, how about this?

        “Solid play to be sure. Especially with the circumstances”

        I also like watching outfielders run a country mile to make a catch. Those catches typically end up with the outfielder diving.

        But at the end of the day…it was an over the shoulder catch that MLB outfielders “routinely” make.

  5. eagles512 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Wasn’t that great a catch.

  6. mt10425 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Go find his diving catch on a Uribe drive earlier this year. This guy is 5’8 so these aren’t routine plays.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Good point. He’s also not an outfielder, he’s listed as a middle infielder. He’s listed at 5’8″ in the media guide, but that might be optimistic. I saw a picture of Amarista standing next to 6’5″ Tyson Ross, and he looked a full foot shorter. The media guides print whatever the player says, and some players are sensitive about their height/weight.

  7. fathersworkandfamily - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    This was a better catch than many “diving catches.” he ran so fast right to the spot and covered so much ground so that the catch itself doesn’t look as spectacular (look how shallow and over to left he was playing). this is way better than the typical web gem in which a player gets a slow break on a ball and then has to dive to make a great play..

  8. Bryz - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Target Field is one of the few stadiums using MLBAM’s Statcast this year, so I can’t wait to see the data on this catch.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Be sure to report it here.

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