Cleveland Indians outfielder Austin Jackson grabbed a place in the record books Tuesday night by pulling in one of the greatest catches in baseball history.
There are no words to describe this catch.
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— MLB (@MLB) August 2, 2017
But at the last second, just as Boston’s fans were preparing to celebrate the homer, Jackson leaped into the air near the wall and caught the ball at full extension.
Fractions of a second later, his legs collided with the wall and the center fielder flipped upside down and crashed head-first into the Boston bullpen.
Amazing footage from the game and pictures captured by photographers at the famous stadium show just how remarkable Jackson’s catch was.
Legendary announcer Bob Costas, who was calling the game for the MLB Network, described Jackson’s play as: ‘one of the greatest catches you will ever see.’
Daily Mail reports,
Boston’s Ramírez, who was robbed of his 18th home run of the season on account of Jackson’s grab, couldn’t help but be impressed. As he was walking back to the dugout, defeated, Ramírez was seen saying ‘wow’.
Speaking after the game, Jackson told Cleveland.com: ‘I just wanted to try to get back to the wall and try to read it.
‘I got back and I tried to get to the fence first. When I jumped and caught it, I realized I was about to take a tumble to the other side.
‘Luckily, I was able to grab the fence a little bit and I flipped over.’
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts told the Boston Herald: ‘You can’t ask for more than that… This was a PlayStation game.’
The praise for the Cleveland center fielder flowed on social media as well, with fans rushing to crown the catch as one of the best in history.
‘He looked like Willie Mays making that catch,’ George Butler wrote, referencing the Hall of Fame outfielder who is widely considered one of the best fielders the game has ever seen.
‘Fenway faithful giving Austin Jackson a standing ovation after what has to be the greatest catch I’ve ever seen,’ Cleveland sportswriter Zack Meisel tweeted.
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