The players are rounding into regular season form. The ballgirls, well, maybe not quite yet. But hey, the fans are getting pretty close too as evidenced by the great catch made by a Chicago White Sox fan as he leaped out of the stands during their game with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Saturday night.
And no, it's not exactly how you'd picture it based on my initial description. The fan didn't jump on the field or ended up getting himself kicked out over a souvenir. It was actually a very high foul ball off the bat of Chicago's Steve Tolleson that smacked right on the first base dugout's roof, bounced nearly as high on impact, and ended coming down between the lower box seats and the next section. That's where our fans was seated in the front row, and in superhero like fashion leaps up and over a pretty high railing in front of him to make a great grab.
Take a look.
Here's what I love the most about the catch. The fan leaps with White Sox cap in hand likely hoping to snag the ball with that, yet he adjusted almost right away and was able to snatch the ball with his bare hand. Very well played — and he picked a good night to do it, too, because not only was the game broadcast in Chicago, it was the largest crowd in Cactus League history at 13,721.
The only thing he possibly could have done better would be immediately handing the ball to one of the young fans who appeared on the scene, but he probably saw the one wearing a Dodgers hat and elected to keep it himself. We won't hold it against him.