With a leap, Steve Pearce added to the recent string of stellar tumbling-into-the-stands grabs
In Friday night's game between the Blue Jays and Orioles (ultimately won by Baltimore, 1-0, in 13 innings), the teams were in a scoreless duel to the late innings. Every out feels that much more important when there's no score, inning after inning ticking by without any runs being tallied.
To that end, playing defense in close games like that requires intense focus. Toronto first baseman
Those fans probably weren't expecting to see a hustling Major League infielder flip over the wall and into their laps, yet that's precisely what happened.
Watching Pearce pull off that slick play, you have to wonder if his teammate
What's more, Friday's game came almost exactly four years after Donaldson did this with the A's:
For more recent comparisons, Pearce's stellar effort calls to mind that of the Mariners'
However, as slick as Pearce's play was, he didn't come back with a fan's cap (which the Padres'
And, of course, there's this, from Derek Jeter in 2004:
The lesson in all of this, obviously, is that if you're sitting close to the field, remain alert at all times!