Catch nets Souza gift certificate from Zimmermann
WASHINGTON -- After pitching a no-hitter on the last day of the 2014 regular season, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann said he would give outfielder Steven Souza Jr. anything he wanted. Souza made a spectacular diving catch to end the game against the Marlins and preserve the no-no.
On Wednesday, Souza revealed to MLB.com that Zimmermann gave him a Best Buy gift certificate. Souza declined to say how much the gift certificate was worth, but the present from Zimmermann helped Souza out big time.
"I cannot disclose the amount," Souza said. "He gave a gift certificate to help me out for my house. It was very thoughtful."
Souza entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning as a defensive replacement for left fielder Ryan Zimmerman. With two outs, the Marlins' Christian Yelich came to the plate and hit a 2-1 pitch toward left-center field.
Center fielder Michael Taylor knew he didn't have a chance to catch the ball. But there was Souza, who dove and caught the ball like a wide receiver.
"The catch, I get asked about it almost every time I see someone in a baseball environment," Souza said. "It was just an awesome moment for our team, mostly for Jordan. It capped off such an amazing year. It's one thing I will never forget. Nats fans will never forget, too. It's great to cap off Jordan's amazing year."