There are catches, and then there are catches. And, the one made last Tuesday night by Kansas City Royals third-baseman Mike Moustakas may have been one of the best catches in the history of the baseball playoffs. I was lucky enough to witness this in person, thanks to tickets generously given to me by Jared Haftel, who couldn’t make the game.
In the middle innings of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Orioles’ batter popped up a ball that seemed to everyone to be destined to land in the seats. Everyone but Moustakas that is.
Lining up along the edge of the seats, Moustakas jumped headlong into the stands at the last seconds and made a simply miraculous catch. Thirteen years to the day after Steve Bartman stole a foul ball from a Cubs player in Chicago, the fans in Kansas City simply moved aside and let Moustakas catch the ball.
This play will likely go down as the best play of the 2014 baseball playoffs, and it may also go down in history as one of the best catches in baseball history.
International soccer has been all but ruined by the constant play acting and diving that occurs every match. It’s downright sickening to watch some of the world’s most talented athletes roll around on the ground like they’ve been shot, every time someone brushes past them.
Now major baseball fans like Igor Cornelsen are extremely dismayed to see that the practice might be coming to a baseball diamond near you.
As you can see here, AJ Pierzynski clearly dives when the bat gets near him, to try and get a call from the Umpire. Luckily he wasn’t buying, but this could be the start of a disturbing trend. I’m hoping that MLB nips this in the bud before it ever starts.
The KC Royals have had a pretty amazing postseason. They’re 7-0, and find themselves just one win away from World Series glory. On Tuesday night the Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. That type of lead has only been overcome once in the history of the organization, when the Red Sox won four straight agains the Yankees to come back and win the World Series.
The Royals have to be favorites at this point, and my buddy Sam Tabar is losing his mind that they’re 7 unbeaten.
It’s been 29 years since the ALCS was played in Kansas City. Looks like the Royals have been doing their best to make up for lost time.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced their new manager for the 2015 season, Chip Hale. Probably a good choice considering his history with the organization.
He definitely knows his way around the Diamondbacks, having coached the minor league team for 6 seasons. Also spending another 3 seasons as the third base coach for the major league side.
Plus, he’s definitely Arizona born and bred, which can be important for the vision of a team looking to build a franchise. Still living in Tucson, after graduating from the University of Arizona.
Should mean good news for Diamondbacks’ fans like Marnie Bennett, who have had to endure a rough couple of seasons. Cleaning house was probably the right move, all things considered.