Monday, August 09, 2010
Watch this video, now gone viral:
I can't tell if Masato Akamatsu really "makes one of the greatest catches ever," or if the fence is actually short in height, and that makes the play doable. I don't think, however, that Willie Mays needs to lose sleep that Akamatsu's glove will go down in history as being superior. Nonetheless, nice catch.
Also, I don't understand a word of Japanese, but still enjoyed the tone of the commentary.
Willie Mays shouldn't be in the conversation - if his catch of the Vic Wertz fly ball was not in the World Series, it would have been long forgotten. The greatest catch ever is the one made by Gary Matthews Jr. a couple of years ago, and this Japanese CF comes very close.
PS Can't argue with a "coach," can you?
How cool was he after; so cool at first one can't even tell if he caught it. Then he just tosses it from glove to throwing hand and throws it nonchalantly back to the infield. Yeah ... you know ... almost like a a young me.