October 07, 2011
Had the circumstances been different, all of the stories coming out of Milwaukee on Friday might have led with the unbelievable catch Chris Young made in the sixth.
But even though his Arizona Diamondbacks fell 3-2 in 10 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers, it doesn't take anything away from the grab. Young and his teammates might be headed home, yet the game might not have even been that close without Young's defense.
The situation: With one out and runners on first and second, Milwaukee's Jerry Hairston hit a drive to deep center field. Young whirled around, started running toward the Miller Park wall, eventually looked over his shoulder and ...
Young's great catch kept Ryan Braun(notes) at second and, even though he'd score on a Yuniesky Betancourt(notes) fisted blooper, the Brewers were limited to just one run in the inning. If the ball gets over Young's head and bounces away, who knows what happens?
As it turned out, Milwaukee ended up winning the game. And as any New York Mets fan can tell D'Back devotees, it's a weird thing when one of your players makes such a memorable play in such a memorable loss. Endy Chavez's grab in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS beat the odds after that crushing loss to become one of the best highlights in franchise history. Young's play might rank just below Chavez's play, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be appreciated when fans from both sides look back on this great game.