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Timmy D's
07-02-2006, 12:19 AM
That was just plain amazing!!!!!:o: :o: :o:

It's Time
07-02-2006, 12:21 AM
Best catch off all time. I really think it was.:o:

It's Time
07-02-2006, 12:25 AM
NOTHING and I mean NOTHING will ever top that catch.

MrRoboto83
07-02-2006, 12:26 AM
Gary is having himself some season so far!

Timmy D's
07-02-2006, 12:28 AM
I've Tivo'd it probably 20 times just now, and I just cant figure out how he physically did that!!:o: :o:

whitesoxfan
07-02-2006, 12:29 AM
I thought Iguchi's sick play against Toronto was going to be the easy play of the year, but Matthews webgem was unreal. That was definitely one of the best catches that I have ever seen.

It's Time
07-02-2006, 12:31 AM
http://news-info.wustl.edu/images/2002/jack_buck.jpg
"I don't believe what I just saw. I don't believe what I just saw".

MrRoboto83
07-02-2006, 12:31 AM
It's up on www.texasrangers.com (http://www.texasrangers.com) site now.

TornLabrum
07-02-2006, 12:35 AM
One helluva catch! But Willie Mays's in the 1954 Series off Vic Wirtz was better, so no, it's not the best catch of all time.

TomParrish79
07-02-2006, 12:35 AM
it was sickening to hear the Sportcenter idiots wonder aloud if that catch was as good as Coco's Crisp's diving catch the other nite.

Crisp laid out to make a catch in a close game....and its nowhere near the level of amazing that was seen in Texas today

MrRoboto83
07-02-2006, 12:40 AM
it was sickening to hear the Sportcenter idiots wonder aloud if that catch was as good as Coco's Crisp's diving catch the other nite.

Crisp laid out to make a catch in a close game....and its nowhere near the level of amazing that was seen in Texas today

Yeah but Coco plays for the Red Sox it has to be better

IlliniSox4Life
07-02-2006, 12:45 AM
it was sickening to hear the Sportcenter idiots wonder aloud if that catch was as good as Coco's Crisp's diving catch the other nite.

Crisp laid out to make a catch in a close game....and its nowhere near the level of amazing that was seen in Texas today

Crisp's catch was a great catch. I've seen a few like that though. In fact, a few this year. However, of the highlight's I've seen, my top 3 goes:
1. Gary Matthew Jr's
2. Iguchi's
3. Rowand's

Dye's catch he had might have even been better than Crisp's. It was at least along the same caliber. Anderson made one too that was along the same line. Considering there is a lot of baseball i haven't seen replays of, I would put Crisps's catch somewhere around the 15-20th best play this yearh. Dye's and Anderson's are in that range. Rowand's might drop lower, as it really wasn't that hard of a play to make, he just had to have some guts to do it. It also had a big effect on their fanbase.

Tragg
07-02-2006, 12:58 AM
That's the best catch I've seen in ages. There was another really good one today, too.

CLR01
07-02-2006, 01:15 AM
It's up on www.texasrangers.com (http://www.texasrangers.com) site now.


So is the video of the catch buried somewhere? The catch at the wall certainly is not the best catch ever.

Chisox003
07-02-2006, 01:22 AM
So is the video of the catch buried somewhere? The catch at the wall certainly is not the best catch ever.
Did you watch the video?

He ran forever, jumped, hit the wall and *adjusted* to make that grab.

Best ever? Who knows. It was certainly amazing though.

IlliniSox4Life
07-02-2006, 01:39 AM
Upon further examination, I am going to have to rate Iguchis catch/throw higher. For one, I am biased. Second, it's a much more rare play. He had to make the throw. And he did so with basically no leverage. Matthews just jumped up, and with a lot of skill and luck managed to catch it. Iguchi stumbled and picked it up, laid out flat in the air, and threw it back and to his left to get the runner.

Fuller_Schettman
07-02-2006, 01:47 AM
It was a pretty good catch, but not the best. Ibanez snabbed a beauty also against Colorado tonight. His was a bit harder because it was inches from hitting a platform and he saved it from not just hitting the platform but it also would probably have bounded out of his glove on contact.

CLR01
07-02-2006, 01:51 AM
Did you watch the video?

He ran forever, jumped, hit the wall and *adjusted* to make that grab.

Best ever? Who knows. It was certainly amazing though.


Yes many times. He ran forever but the ball also hung forever. He had plenty of time to get back and time his jump.

I never said it wasn't a great catch, it was, probably a top 5-10 play when the season is done with. Best ever or best of the last 100 years that everyone is playing it up is it is not.


I'm going to have to agree with IS4L on the Iguchi play.

California Sox
07-02-2006, 02:15 AM
Hell of a catch. But, yeah, not Willie Mays in the Polo Grounds.

On a sidenote: Nice to see one of baseball's good guys having a season and getting a little attention for himself. Gary Jr. is not a great player but everywhere he's been -- with the Cubs with Baltimore and now with Texas-- he plays the game the right way and does the little things well.

goofymsfan
07-02-2006, 02:40 AM
It was a pretty good catch, but not the best. Ibanez snabbed a beauty also against Colorado tonight. His was a bit harder because it was inches from hitting a platform and he saved it from not just hitting the platform but it also would probably have bounded out of his glove on contact.

I was at the Rockies/M's game and have to say Raul's catch was spectacular not to mention that in the bottom of that inning, Raul hit a 2 run homer to put the M's up for a brief time.

gbergman
07-02-2006, 03:55 AM
that catch was amazing

Sox It To Em
07-02-2006, 09:18 AM
Am I missing something here? It's a very, very good catch, but it's nothing too remarkable.

TornLabrum
07-02-2006, 09:59 AM
Am I missing something here? It's a very, very good catch, but it's nothing too remarkable.

I'd say what made it an outstanding catch was the height that he got off the ground in order to make it. I didn't see him using the wall for an assist in getting up there.

Jjav829
07-02-2006, 10:59 AM
So is the video of the catch buried somewhere? The catch at the wall certainly is not the best catch ever.

What CLR is trying to say is that catch is nowhere as good as the catch made by his boy Rowand. :yup:

slobes
07-02-2006, 11:51 AM
I just saw it for the first time. Amazing. Not the best ever though.

HotelWhiteSox
07-02-2006, 12:41 PM
The little video screen on texasrangers.com doesn't do it justice, what a great catch. Great year all around for for great plays

viagracat
07-02-2006, 01:17 PM
Wow is right.

ESPN had a "top 10 (5?) catches of all time" piece a couple months ago. Their #1 was a guy who scaled the wall like Spiderman in a Japanese League game, IIRC. Matthew's catch was easily in that top 5.

PS: is there video of May's catch? I've only seen still photos of it.

TornLabrum
07-02-2006, 01:33 PM
Wow is right.

ESPN had a "top 10 (5?) catches of all time" piece a couple months ago. Their #1 was a guy who scaled the wall like Spiderman in a Japanese League game, IIRC. Matthew's catch was easily in that top 5.

PS: is there video of May's catch? I've only seen still photos of it.
I've seen film of it. The amazing thing is that after running all that distance and making the catch to the back of the plate, he whirls around and throws it to the infield in the same motion.

Timmy D's
07-02-2006, 01:36 PM
PS: is there video of May's catch? I've only seen still photos of it.

I'm sure some one has it, but in case not it's on that ESPN "Images of our Century" video.
http://www.collegesportstoday.com/media/ESPN/ESPN - Images of our century.mpg

Warning: Very long download!!!

CLR01
07-02-2006, 01:50 PM
I'd say what made it an outstanding catch was the height that he got off the ground in order to make it. I didn't see him using the wall for an assist in getting up there.


It looks to me like both his right foot and right arm are used to help him get the elevation (the arm maybe not so much). The elevation is about the only thing impressive about the catch though.

Dan Mega
07-03-2006, 01:23 AM
It looks to me like both his right foot and right arm are used to help him get the elevation (the arm maybe not so much). The elevation is about the only thing impressive about the catch though.

The impressive thing is that he made that catch with all the extra adjustments.

Its better than the Willie Mays catch in my book.

FarWestChicago
07-03-2006, 01:44 AM
Its better than the Willie Mays catch in my book.Which makes your book bathroom reading material at best. :redneck

Get a sense of perspective. The last ten minutes of the world that you have seen in not the complete expression of all of human history. :rolleyes:

Dan Mega
07-03-2006, 01:59 AM
How am I lacking a sense of perspective for stating my opinion?

Take the name "Willie Mays" out of that catch and the significance of it all, with him turning around and making a remarkable throw back to the infield. Is it still better than Matthew's catch?

SouthSide_HitMen
07-03-2006, 02:03 AM
http://www.b12partners.net/mt/images/Juan_Uribe_catch_angle.jpg

Totally biased

Always :cool:

CLR01
07-03-2006, 02:13 AM
The impressive thing is that he made that catch with all the extra adjustments.

Its better than the Willie Mays catch in my book.

All the extra adjustments???

Dan Mega
07-03-2006, 02:39 AM
Alright alright. I brought this up to my roommate to get his opinion and he looked at me and said "uh, you're nuts, I hope they slap you for that".

I'll sleep on it!:redneck

TornLabrum
07-03-2006, 12:08 PM
The impressive thing is that he made that catch with all the extra adjustments.

Its better than the Willie Mays catch in my book.

You do realize that the CF wall at the Polo Grounds was something like 460 feet from home plate and that Mays was sprinting towards that with his back to the plate when he made that catch. Nope. Mathews' catch was nowhere near as impressive as that.

TornLabrum
07-03-2006, 12:10 PM
Alright alright. I brought this up to my roommate to get his opinion and he looked at me and said "uh, you're nuts, I hope they slap you for that".

I'll sleep on it!:redneck

Your roommate is a very wise person.

Brian26
07-03-2006, 12:13 PM
You do realize that the CF wall at the Polo Grounds was something like 460 feet from home plate and that Mays was sprinting towards that with his back to the plate when he made that catch. Nope. Mathews' catch was nowhere near as impressive as that.

Plus, I think the context of the catch has to be considered too. Mays did it on the biggest/most important stage there is- the World Series. This Matthews catch was in any pretty insignificant game.

Also- are any of us really able to have true perspective on how great that Mays catch was? The only clips I've ever seen of it are spliced together black and white film, including a close-up of the catch. I'm not sure film actually exists of the ball off the bat and a complete shot of Mays running as far as he had to run to catch it.

whitesoxwilkes
07-03-2006, 12:15 PM
The elevation and the way he spun around and held onto the ball make it pretty damned impressive. Not the best ever, but one hell of a play.

Patrick134
07-03-2006, 03:23 PM
Plus, I think the context of the catch has to be considered too. Mays did it on the biggest/most important stage there is- the World Series. This Matthews catch was in any pretty insignificant game.

Also- are any of us really able to have true perspective on how great that Mays catch was? The only clips I've ever seen of it are spliced together black and white film, including a close-up of the catch. I'm not sure film actually exists of the ball off the bat and a complete shot of Mays running as far as he had to run to catch it.


Good point. Not only was it an insignificant game, it was late in a game with his team down 5-0. Context is everything. Don't tell me how you caught it, tell me when you caught it. Still a great catch, just nowhere near legendary.