Over the years we've seen outfielders crash into walls, through walls and over walls to make sensational catches. On Friday night, Boston Red Sox minor leaguer Corey Brown joined that elite group, slamming into the wall at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket to rob Rochester Red Wings shortstop Danny Santana of an extra-base hit.
However, in his case, he nearly had the wall crash down on him.
The great catched happened in the ninth inning with Pawtucket leading 6-2, which is also the score they would win by. Even with the extra padding on the scoreboard, Brown decided to test the padding covering about a 10-foot high brick wall in left center field, and nearly had the padding come down on his head.
That's better than a brick wall, of course, but those were some pretty big pieces of what appear to be a wood fence covered in padding that came down. In other words, it wouldn't have felt great.
Even still, Brown says he had no doubts about his effort. He was going to make that catch for his pitcher and deal with whatever consequences came.
"I was just going out there, trying to make a play for the pitcher," Brown said in a postgame interview.
"It was a good team we were playing against and, you know, they have the ability to come back at any moment. So, I just wanted to go out there and give it all I got."
Just say it like it is, Corey Brown. You have more than that wall or the Red Wings can handle.
That's true from an offensive perspective as well. His third inning solo home run started what became a game-deciding five-run rally.
Bottomline, it was a good night to be Corey Brown, and a really bad night to be anyone or anything in his way.
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