August 23, 2010
It happened again! Just a few weeks after we christened Masato Akamatsu's grab "the most amazing catch we'll see all season," another Hiroshima Carp outfielder in the same ballpark turns in a wall-climbing robbery that's worthy of cartoonish comparison.
"It happened with the same pitcher on the mound (Saitou Yuki, not to be confused with the phenom Waseda University pitcher Saitou Yuuki) against the same team (Yokohama Baystars) in the same ballpark (Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium). The center fielder this time is Amaya Soichiro."
Like Dizon, I'm not sure that this catch measures up to Masato's, considering that Amaya was already positioned atop that permissive fence while Masato had to go all Bo Jackson to get the job done in deep center field.
But if that catch was No. 1, this is a very worthy No. 1A. Watch Amaya's catch below — then watch Masato's again — and tell me which one you prefer.
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