If you love flying catches by outfielders, then Thursday was a day of baseball you cherished. The great catches were abound. Yasiel Puig was the ultimate show stealer with his incredible effort against the New York Mets. It was so good that even the Citi Field fans gave him a huge ovation.
As good as Puig's catch was, there were worthy challengers to the throne, so here's a look at four fantastic catches, each of which would be the "catch of the day" on another day.
What he did: In the second inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' game with the Mets, Puig made a wild diving catch that looked improbable as the ball flew off Wilmer Flores' bat. He laid out and caught the ball backhanded.
Pay attention to: Puig jumping up right after and whipping the ball into first base. He almost managed a double play on that, which would have been even more ridiculous.
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What he did: With the bases loaded in the third inning. Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays drove a ball into right field that looked like it would bounce off the wall for a double and probably three RBIs. But Oakland A's outfielder Josh Reddick slammed into the wall, making another great run-saving catch.
Pay attention to: Reddick's landing, reverse somersault and pop-up to his feet. When you can make a great catch and make it look as good as Reddick did afterward, you've gone next level. He was like a gymnast who stuck the landing.
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What he did: The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians were tied 5-5 in the seventh inning when Asdrubal Cabrera lifted a fly ball into left that looked like it could be a three-run homer. But Lough timed his approach well, jumped and took away a few much-needed runs from the Indians. The Indians would go on to win in extra innings.
Pay attention to: Lough's knack for these things. He's already made one of the season's better catches. He's starting to get a rep for this sort of thing.
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What he did: The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder streeeetched out to make this diving grab in right field, robbing Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals of what would surely be extra bases.
Pay attention to: Harrison's ability to mimic himself. He made a very similar catch Sunday, except it happened in left field.
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YOUR TURN: Which catch was your favorite of the day? Sound off in the comments.
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