Cleveland Indian’s Austin Jackson pulled off one of the plays of the season on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.
The outfielder made a spectacular catch in the bottom of the fifth inning. Red Sox designated hitter Hamley Ramirez thought he had smashed a home run, but Jackson somehow managed to get his glove to the ball, flipping over the Fenway Park perimeter wall in the process.
The catch was so impressive, even the Boston home support stood up to applaud the Cleveland star.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 2, 2017
Speaking after the game, which Boston went on to win 12-10, Jackson tried to play down the acrobatic catch:
“With that particular one, you got back and tried to get to the fence first and when I jumped and caught it I realised I was about to take a tumble on the other side and luckily I was able to grab the fence a little bit and flipped over.
I’m glad I was able to hold on to it. Especially going over like that, I could easily dropped it but I was able to hold onto it and get that out.”
Jackson’s manager Terry Francona claimed it was “one of the best catches” he had ever seen. Francona spent almost eight years at Fenway Park as Red Sox manager and knows only too well how difficult the catch was:
“I’ve been in the game a long time. That’s a hard wall out there and a lot of guys run away from it. Austin went up and over. That was one of the most exciting plays I’ve seen in a long, long time.”
Twitter reaction to the catch was equally full of praise:
Fenway faithful giving Austin Jackson a standing ovation after what has to be the greatest catch I've ever seen.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) August 2, 2017
#Indians Austin Jackson made one of the greatest catches I've seen in a baseball game.
— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) August 2, 2017
— FOX Sports Cleveland (@FOXSportsCLE) August 2, 2017
Ger Power, Pundit Arena