Reminder: Umpires are capable of impressive barehanded grabs, too
Holding court behind home plate, it's important for umpires to remind players, every so often, that they too are capable of impressive feats of agility and coordination. They don't want players thinking they're just relaxing back there, you know?
Home-plate umpire Jordan Baker knows. During the eighth inning of the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Mets on Saturday night, he took a routine foul tip and turned it into an opportunity to show off his reflexes:
See that, players? Next time you make a nifty barehanded catch and feel pretty impressed with yourself, just remember: Umps can do that, too.