Normally, we try to set up a highlight, give you all the context, tell you why it's cool, all that stuff. But with this catch that Detroit Tigers rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias made during the third inning of Thursday's ALCS Game 5, we'll offer just these four words:
Watch now. It's ridiculous.
You were like me, weren't you? You're watching that thinking, "There's no way he's going to get that." Then Iglesias swings out his arm and, good lord, he did it! Everybody was stunned, even the TV announcers. Please do note that Iglesias was playing on the opposite side of second base, because the Tigers were in a shift with David Ortiz at the plate.
After the game, when asked what he thought his chances were to make the catch when the ball left the bat: "No chance," Iglesias said.
Ultimately, it wasn't a defining moment within the context of the game. The Tigers lost 4-3. That catch didn't swing the game either way. But it's still one of those plays you're going to see again and again, that people will talk about regardless of the outcome for the Tigers.
Here's what people were saying right after it happened:
Jose Iglesias is not a shortstop from Cuba. He is a wizard who came to the U.S. straight from Hogwarts. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 18, 2013
burn the witch!
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) October 18, 2013
Give Jose Iglesias the Gold Glove for next year, now... — Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) October 18, 2013
If you need more proof of Iglesias' defensive wizardry, watch this play from August:
Thursday night's catch was so good even Big Papi — robbed of a base hit — applauded on his way back to the dugout. We should all applaud. Go ahead. Do it.
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