Five easy steps to making a highlight-reel catch, as shown by five amazing Kevin Pillar catches
Surprise, Kevin Pillar made an outstanding catch in the Blue Jays' 4-2 loss to the D-backs on Tuesday. A truly Statcast™-certified outstanding catch:
At this point, Pillar could teach a three-hour seminar on how to turn every fly ball into a highlight-reel catch. He could call it "The Pillartistry of Catch Making" and tour hotel conferences rooms around the world. He could print out glossy brochures that break down the crucial ingredients of a mind-blowing outfield maneuver into five easy-to-follow steps.
Actually, that's a great idea. With the help of five of the most spectacular catches Pillar has made in 2016 alone, here's precisely how to make a grab worthy of the highlight reel.
1. Pretend that walls are more suggestions than physical structures.
Pillar told MLB.com's Alykhan Ravjiani after Tuesday's game: "I have a pretty good idea of how far I'm playing and how much room I have, but in the moment, it's about going to get the ball and whatever happens after, happens."
2. Run a long, long ways.
Better start training for that 5K.
3. Don't be afraid of a little rug burn.
Pillar makes half of his catches on Roger Centre's artificial turf, but he doesn't let that prevent him from doing things like this:
"I dragged my right cheek across the turf for about five yards, so I've got a little rug burn," he said after making that catch back in May. But it was no big deal: "I try to keep them as routine as possible and I just feel like I'm doing my job. It was a good one."
4. Can you fly? It helps if you can fly.
It tends to come in handy, is all.
5. Save some butts
Do you make people feel like without you, they would be lost? Do they want to pledge their first borns to you, in a humble attempt to repay your service? Are you out there, every day, keeping runs off the board?
If so, you are well on your way to mastering the Pillartistry of Catch Making.
We hope this has been an educational experience, and please check out the other seminars in this series, including "Three Tool-oes for Excelling at Shortstop."