Cameron Rupp makes spectacular leaping catch and tag, proves that catchers CAN jump
Rupp leaps to grab relay throw, makes tag at home
Look, we'll be honest, catchers are not particularly known for their grace on the diamond. Sure, there's the occasional specimen like Bengie Molina, legging out triples with abandon, but for the most part, those behind the dish have been pigeonholed as lumbering piano-pushers -- more likely to get hosed by Yasiel Puig than take an extra base.
Well, Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp heard all that snickering, America, and on Friday against the Marlins he delivered his response. As Justin Bour tried to score from first on a double, Philly shortstop Freddy Galvis' relay throw sailed high, appearing destined for the backstop. But that's when Rupp made one small jump for his baseball team, and one giant leap for catchers everywhere:
The tag may have been even more impressive than the catch, lunging across the plate to get a sliding Bour just before he reached home. So the next time you make a joke about pushing a piano, just remember: Underneath that piano may be a glorious set of wings.