The Tuesday morning headlines in St. Louis will deservedly go to the Cardinals offense after it blasted its way to a 12-4 romp over Washington in Monday's NLDS Game 2.
But thanks to Jon Jay's defense, those four homers will have to share some space. And Jay's great catch of Danny Espinosa's deep fly ball to center field in the sixth inning makes for some worthy company. He covered a huge amount of ground, showed zero concern for his own safety by going into the wall full speed and quite literally flashed his leather to somehow reel in Espinosa's drive. Watch it again and again and it's still impossible to tell exactly how he did it.
Even more importantly, Jay's play came at an important time in the game. Washington had cut the St. Louis lead to 7-3 an inning earlier and Espinosa was the first batter of the sixth. If Jay doesn't catch that for the first out of the inning, who knows where it goes?
''One of the best catches I've seen. I think it's his best catch of the year,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters. ''He barely looked up as he was hitting the wall. Very impressive.''
Hey, here's how you know Jay made a great grab: Even TBS announcer Dick Stockton took notice with an excited call, one day after nodding his way through an amazing catch by Jayson Werth in Game 1.
As for Ghost Tony La Russa? Well, not so much. He says he's seen Ghost Edmonds do that plenty of times.