Big League Stew - MLB

Must see: Adam Jones evokes Willie Mays with over-shoulder catch

Say, hey, Adam Jones(notes)!

It doesn't quite rhyme, but the Baltimore Orioles' outfielder made a defensive play Wednesday that was on par with the famous Willie Mays catch to rob Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

Heck — even though Mays enhanced his catch by also making an outstanding throw to keep Larry Doby from scoring from second base, Jones' grab itself against the Seattle Mariners might have been better and the play of the year.

Jones ran full-speed with his back to the plate after Miguel Olivo(notes) hit a drive to deep center in the fourth inning that Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz(notes) figured was gone. Jones caught up to the ball then caught it, bumping into the fence a moment later and holding on to complete an incredible play for all time.

Watch Jonesy go to work

Say whoa, Adam Jones!

Not bad, if he doesn't say so himself (via the Baltimore Sun):

Asked whether the catch against the center-field wall should be the top "Web Gem" on "Baseball Tonight," ESPN's nightly look at the day's best defensive plays, Jones said: "It should be. There's always some good plays, but that's going to be hard for them to top."

Jones, also showing the Mariners what they're missing on offense after trading him in the Erik Bedard deal, hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, the final margin in a 2-1 victory. But there wasn't anything otherworldly about the homer when compared to the catch.

Check out Mays, who made the most famous catch of all time, and compare for yourself:

The stakes were higher for Mays' catch, for sure. And he had more ground to cover in the cavernous Polo Grounds, where it was 425 to center (not counting the area that seemed to go on for infinity).

Must see: Adam Jones evokes Willie Mays with over-shoulder catch

But Jones had to deal with the fence. And, yeah, he says he practices making catches just like that one:

"I work on catching the ball behind my head, from different angles, because in [batting practice], it's so easy to catch the ball normal. That was perfect. Just ran and ran, and caught the ball. It's something that's really hard to replay in my mind. I remember doing it, but it's hard to put into words. It was a pretty cool play."

Must see: Adam Jones evokes Willie Mays with over-shoulder catch

Pretty cool. Pretty a-Mays-ing.

Follow Dave on Twitter — @AnswerDave — and engage the Stew on Facebook

Follow Yahoo! Sports on Facebook and be the first to know about the most interesting stories of the day.

Other popular Yahoo! Sports stories:
Famous singer hitches a ride with NHL player
10-year-old soccer player's historic signing
Lakers to give Shaq ultimate honor

Related Articles

Big League Stew

Add to My Yahoo RSS

Related Photo Gallery

Y! Sports Blog