I can't believe I missed this catch live. I usually watch every Red Sox game on Monday in full because I have the night off from work. But last night I was with some friends and we had planned out skateboarding and got pulled into the gem David Price was pitching, retired the first 9 batters he faced. I think we left after the 6th.
In the bottom of the 8th inning with Price's pitch count raising and he already allowed the lead off man to get on. Looked as if Price gave up a bomb to cut the lead to one but then rookie sensation Andrew Benintendi made the best non Jackie Bradley Jr outfield play I've seen in as long as I can remember. Here is it.
Cannot understate the importance of this catch. 3-0 lead bottom 8, HR there makes it 3-2 with no outs and I'm almost positive the Red Sox would find a way to at the very least allow the Rays to tie the game if not eventually win it. Amazing catch to help preserve a win for the Sox. No big deal for Benintendi, he's looked like an absolute stud since getting called up a month(ish) ago.
One thing I will say is that the Trop is a joke, the fact that the fence is so low there has always pissed me off. At least ever since Evan Longoria hit a HR there on the final day of the 2011 season that officially ended the 2011 Chicken and Beer Red Sox season. Sure, we choked away a 9 game lead, but that home run was bullshit. I think it went like 315.1 feet. Still believe the Yankees blew their 7 run lead on purpose to keep the Sox out of the playoffs.
Go So yeah I've hated that stupid little wrinkle of Tropicana Field for 5 years. Holy shit 2011 being 5 years ago makes me want to kill myself.. The Rays in general are such a joke, they need to move to a city who actually cares about baseball and not play inside of a warehouse.
As for Andy's grab, absolutely unreal, had to cover all that ground, time the catch perfectly and not fall over the wall. Very good grab for such a young player. Definitely makes up for his mishap in LF at Fenway last week against the Yankees. Very excited about this kid though, through 19 games he's hitting .306 with 10 RBI. The future of the Red Sox is very bright, lot of young homegrown talent. I just hope they can sign all their guys long term but with all the money they've wasted on bum ass free agents, I'm sure they'll find a way to screw it up.
Final thing I'll say, look who's atop the division.....nice. I hate that I think we can win the World Series. Go Sox!
P.S. If anybody wants to buy me tickets to David Ortiz' final regular season game that'd be greatttttt.