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Fenway
07-09-2007, 10:13 AM
Showing my age the greatest catch I had ever seen before yesterday was by Al Luplow.

Curtis Granderson just flat out robbed Wily Mo Pena of a HR.

http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20070709&Category=COL22&ArtNo=707090355&Ref=AR&Profile=1050&MaxW=275&MaxH=300&border=0 (http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20070709&Category=COL22&ArtNo=707090355&Ref=AR&Profile=1050)

So Granderson just had to sprint to the fence, leap without breaking stride, reach over the top of the fence, catch the ball while his body smacked against the fence, then hold on to it as he fell to the ground.
He did all of it.

http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070709/COL22/707090355/1050/SPORTS02&GID=dmUcXKxWTK0z21ooFV6m3XiMfdCkILE2rwKvqisaII4%3D

lostfan
07-09-2007, 10:15 AM
I'm assuming you've watched a good deal of Griffey Jr. in his prime?

Edit: Nevermind, you said "in person."

Fenway
07-09-2007, 10:16 AM
I'm assuming you've watched a good deal of Griffey Jr. in his prime?

Trust me......keep in mind he was playing shallow to begin with...this was as good as anything Junior has done.

lostfan
07-09-2007, 10:18 AM
Trust me......keep in mind he was playing shallow to begin with...this was as good as anything Junior has done.
I'm not doubting it, I just seem to recall Junior doing it routinely.

Fenway
07-09-2007, 10:31 AM
Here is the video, judge for yourself

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270708106

viagracat
07-09-2007, 10:49 AM
Wow. Great play, and it perhaps saved the game for Detroit considering the final score was 6-5.

Granderson is fast becoming a major MLB star.

pythons007
07-09-2007, 10:52 AM
Junior has made hands down better plays than that. Breaking his wrist as he ran full speed, without breaking stride jumped into a fence, came down with ball in glove and a broken wrist. Best catch ever!

Dick Allen
07-09-2007, 11:01 AM
Showing my age the greatest catch I had ever seen before yesterday was by Al Ludlow.

Curtis Granderson just flat out robbed Wily Mo Pena of a HR.

http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20070709&Category=COL22&ArtNo=707090355&Ref=AR&Profile=1050&MaxW=275&MaxH=300&border=0 (http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20070709&Category=COL22&ArtNo=707090355&Ref=AR&Profile=1050)

So Granderson just had to sprint to the fence, leap without breaking stride, reach over the top of the fence, catch the ball while his body smacked against the fence, then hold on to it as he fell to the ground.
He did all of it.

http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070709/COL22/707090355/1050/SPORTS02&GID=dmUcXKxWTK0z21ooFV6m3XiMfdCkILE2rwKvqisaII4%3D You sure you don't mean Al Luplow?

Fenway
07-09-2007, 11:09 AM
You sure you don't mean Al Luplow?

I did indeed :tongue:

I can't type

Luplow's ML career as a journeyman outfielder was highlighted by his selection to the Topps (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Topps) Rookie All-Star team in 1962 and a brilliant catch for the Indians at Fenway Park (6/27/63). He raced headlong toward right-center, grabbed Dick Williams (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Dick_Williams_1929)'s drive backhand, and flipped over the fence into the bullpen.


http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Al_Luplow_1939

Rockin Robin
07-09-2007, 12:32 PM
I'm really holding out hope we soon see him in a Sox uniform.

I looooooooove Curtis Granderson.

slobes
07-09-2007, 01:32 PM
Granderson is flat out awesome.

On an almost similar note, did anyone see something like the Best Damn 50 Baseball Plays or something like that that they showed during the rain delay of that one Sox-Cubs game? The things they showed on there were unbelievable.

Jerome
07-09-2007, 02:31 PM
Here is the video, judge for yourself

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270708106

outstanding. but who is that clown talking over the highlights on espn news?

soxfanatlanta
07-09-2007, 02:35 PM
I've seen enough spectacular catches by Andruw Jones to convince me that he is one of the best defensive outfielders of all time. So many in fact, that I cannot pick just one.

JermaineDye05
07-09-2007, 02:39 PM
good play, although the greatest play I've seen still stands. Hunter's catch off of Uribe on May 9, it was a big play too even though the Sox ended up winning that game, the bases were loaded with 2 outs and that could have easily cleared them.

lostfan
07-09-2007, 02:44 PM
I was browsing my best friend's Myspace sometime last year and I saw a guy with a picture of Curtis Granderson in a Tigers hat as his main picture... turns out it really was Curtis Granderson, he knows her from high school (He went to TF South, North, I forget which one because she went to both). Small world.

Oblong
07-09-2007, 03:49 PM
Curtis is enough to make me switch allegiences if he ever left Detroit. I cannot express in words how much fun it is to watch him play. Every time out of the box he's thinking triple. And he's even better off the field. Baseball needs to promote that guy more than they do (and they're starting to do it). When a member of our MB died in the VT shooting Curtis found out he was a big fan of his and he mentioned him on his ESPN blog as well as on Jim Rome's radio show. The night it happened he had Brian's page listed on his myspace page as #1 friend (or whatever that's called).

I joke around with my wife that I have lots of interracial man love for Curtis. I have this fear he goes home to the White Sox, he's said he was a Sox fan growing up.
If that happens I'll be the first guy in line buying the jersey. Is #28 retired?

jabrch
07-09-2007, 03:51 PM
The Gary Matthews Jr. catch from last year was the best I ever saw. Griff made some great plays. So has Hunter. The Granderson grab was good.

Other than bad video, I didn't see Mays' catch - so I can't really say. I also don't know enough about the Polo Grounds to talk intelligently of it. But I'll put the Matthews catch up on the top of my list - which goes back to the mid-70s.


http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74360

oeo
07-09-2007, 03:53 PM
Curtis is enough to make me switch allegiences if he ever left Detroit. I cannot express in words how much fun it is to watch him play. Every time out of the box he's thinking triple. And he's even better off the field. Baseball needs to promote that guy more than they do (and they're starting to do it). When a member of our MB died in the VT shooting Curtis found out he was a big fan of his and he mentioned him on his ESPN blog as well as on Jim Rome's radio show. The night it happened he had Brian's page listed on his myspace page as #1 friend (or whatever that's called).

I joke around with my wife that I have lots of interracial man love for Curtis. I have this fear he goes home to the White Sox, he's said he was a Sox fan growing up.
If that happens I'll be the first guy in line buying the jersey. Is #28 retired?

No, but it might be somewhere down the line for Joey Cora.

Foulke You
07-09-2007, 03:59 PM
Some people here have short memories. That Granderson catch was great, ditto the Matthews Jr. catch last year but those catches are nothing I didn't see Kenny Lofton do to the Sox at least a dozen times during the '90s while he was a member of the Indians. Lofton had some serious hops in his prime. Nobody has robbed the Sox of HRs more than Kenny Lofton and that includes Torii Hunter. Kenny still moves pretty well for a 40 year old CF and made a highlight reel HR robbing catch again the other night. I'm sure he'll get traded again to a contender after the all star break as he always does.

PKalltheway
07-09-2007, 05:11 PM
Has anybody seen the sick Otis Nixon catch against the Pirates? That's the most unbelievable catch I have ever seen, hands down.

TDog
07-09-2007, 06:09 PM
... Is #28 retired?

No, but it will always be Wilbur Wood's number to me.

The greatest catch I ever saw in person probably cost the White Sox a win early in the 2001 season. The defending-division-champ Sox were struggling, despite the billboards proclaiming "It's Time," and the surprising Twins were beginning to run away with the Central. On April 21, Eric Milton on the mound for the Twins. They had just taken a 3-1 lead with two runs in the top of the fourth off of James Baldwin, although Torii Hunter was thrown out at home to end the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Carlos Lee, who reached on an error by Carlos Guzman, scored on a double by Herbert Perry, who was the tying run at third with two out when Julio Ramirez came up. I was sitting behind home plate next to a Twins fan (you could get seats behind home plate the day of the game early in 2001), and he was joking about Ramirez average being about 100 points below the Mendoza line.

Ramirez crushed a deep line drive that seemed to split the defense. Off the bat, it appeared a certain triple. Hunter didn't look like he had a chance to catch it, but fully extending himself with a lunge parallel to the ground, he caught caught it to end the inning. I couldn't believe what I saw.

The Sox tied up the game in the sixth on a Paul Konerko home run, but A.J. Pierzynski scored after leading off the eighth with a double off of Gary Glover. The Sox lost 4-3.

Noneck
07-09-2007, 07:18 PM
It was a long time ago and I don't remember specifics(hopefully someone else will remember). Ken Berry took a homer away from someone in center, all I saw was his arm go completely over and behind center field fence and then came back with ball in his glove.

tick53
07-09-2007, 07:39 PM
Ken Berry over the centerfield fence at Old Comiskey....a long, long time ago.

JB98
07-09-2007, 08:12 PM
In person?

The greatest play I've seen in person was Iguchi's play against Toronto in early 2006, where he was horizontal to the ground when he threw the ball to first.

I guess that isn't a catch, but in all the games I've attended at both Old Comiskey and the Cell, that is the best defensive play I've witnessed in person.

I saw Rowand make a helluva play crashing into the wall to rob Sexson of extra-bases on Carlton Fisk Day in 2005 as well.

PKalltheway
07-09-2007, 11:13 PM
The best catch I remember seeing in person was in 2004 when Jim Edmonds made an absolutely SICK catch to rob Jason LaRue of a home run, in the 9th inning of a 2-run game, no less. The way his glove was twisted when he went over the fence to steal the homer was insane.

TDog
07-10-2007, 01:18 AM
Ken Berry over the centerfield fence at Old Comiskey....a long, long time ago.

Was that the play where Berry hurdled the five-foot centerfield wall, catching the ball in stride? I saw a film of that, but I don't even know what year it was from. I did see Berry rob some opponents of home runs on television. I didn't see any in person. I didn't start going to a lot of games until 1971, the season after he was traded to the Angels.

Even the greats have bad days, though. On a Saturday afternoon in 1971, I did see Berry in left field knock himself out trying to make a diving catch of a ball hit by Carlos May. The bases were loaded, and May ended up with an inside-the-park grand slam. I thought that was particularly ironic, especially considering Tom Bradley, who came to the Sox in the Berry trade, got a complete-game win.

SOXfnNlansing
07-10-2007, 10:26 AM
I saw 2 great catches in person. On August 7th 2005 Aaron made a specacular catch into the wall against Seattle and made a run saving catch to end the game giving Garland the win.

I think it was Opening Night 2000 in the 1st inning when Ray Durham made an over the shoulder diving catch to rob an Angel's hitter. I was standing right there when it happened.

Gooches play last season was the greatest play I ever saw, but I wasn't there to see it.

sox1970
07-10-2007, 10:30 AM
I was at the Metrodome for a Torii Hunter over-the-wall special. Off the bat of Carlos Lee. They used it in TV promos where you see Lee's reaction. He wasn't happy, nor was I.

EastCoastSoxFan
07-10-2007, 10:50 AM
I'm sitting here racking my brain to come up with great catches that I have personally seen, and the only one that comes to mind is Lance Johnson against the Brewers in 1990 (the doubleheader in which Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez made their major league debuts).
I don't remember if it was the first or second game of the doubleheader, but I distinctly remember Dave Parker launching a gapper to right-center that appeared to have triple written all over it, but Lance Johnson ran it down and made a diving catch.
It probably doesn't compare to any of the others in this thread, but I will always have fond memories of Lance patrolling center field for the Sox for the better part of a decade...

Noneck
07-10-2007, 11:10 AM
Was that the play where Berry hurdled the five-foot centerfield wall, catching the ball in stride? I saw a film of that, but I don't even know what year it was from. I did see Berry rob some opponents of home runs on television. I didn't see any in person. I didn't start going to a lot of games until 1971, the season after he was traded to the Angels.

Even the greats have bad days, though. On a Saturday afternoon in 1971, I did see Berry in left field knock himself out trying to make a diving catch of a ball hit by Carlos May. The bases were loaded, and May ended up with an inside-the-park grand slam. I thought that was particularly ironic, especially considering Tom Bradley, who came to the Sox in the Berry trade, got a complete-game win.

No, He didn't hurdle the wall, just a great rob of a homer. I also remember seeing on Tv the King Carlos inside the parker with Berry being knocked out. Berry was the best defensive center fielder I have ever seen. I remember Landis but didn't appreciate him because I was young. Wish I saw Piersal, Mays and Mantle at their peak.

102605
07-10-2007, 11:38 AM
Curtis Granderson is 100% CLASS ACT!

Nice catch too.

Frater Perdurabo
07-10-2007, 11:58 AM
It probably doesn't compare to any of the others in this thread, but I will always have fond memories of Lance patrolling center field for the Sox for the better part of a decade...

It's not the greatest catch ever by any stretch, but Lance Johnson did make a great catch on soft fly to short right center to preserve Wilson Alvarez's no-hitter.

INSox56
07-10-2007, 01:10 PM
No one remember the catch Ichiro made last year or the year before where he was basically sitting on the wall to catch the ball? To me that was much more impressive than the jumping catches because he literally climbed the wall and made the catch...

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2005/05/02/2002261001.jpg

Foulke You
07-10-2007, 06:32 PM
I think it was Opening Night 2000 in the 1st inning when Ray Durham made an over the shoulder diving catch to rob an Angel's hitter. I was standing right there when it happened.
I was at that game too and completely forgot about that one. That was a hell of a catch that Ray made. I remember the Angels were set up for a big inning in the top of the 1st and Ray made that diving reverse catch in RF robbing a sure RBI duck-snort. The Sox pitched out of it and Frank Thomas hit a HR in the bottom of the 1st and never looked back. 2000 really was a fun season even though they didn't get far in the playoffs.