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Cubs broadcaster* makes catch of day at Fenway

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*The Chicago Cubs broadcaster actually is former major league left-hander Jim Deshaies of CSN Chicago, who also pitched with the Houston Astros and others from 1984-1995. Even at 54 years old, he showed he's still got some skills left at Fenway Park on Monday night during a no-hit bid by Jake Arrieta against the Boston Red Sox.

Darwin Barney fouled back a pitch in the top of the second inning and Deshaies rose to the occasion by bare-handing the ball for a nice catch. Deshaies's effort received an "Ahhh!" from the attentive Fenway faithful, who know a good thing when they see one. Also of note: Former major leaguer Ron Coomer is sitting to Deshaies's right and applauding because he wasn't the one having to make the catch.

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If the Cubs had been on defense instead of batting, and if foul balls caught on the fly by announcers counted as outs (as perhaps they should!), it could be said that Deshaies's play helped keep Arrieta's no-no alive. But that's just a kooky fantasy world in which we'd like to live. Regardless, the announcer's catch might have stood up as the best defensive play made in a no-hitter — had Arrieta been able to retire Stephen Drew and three more Red Sox batters.

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