Tuesday night’s Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox game has been a game of runs, with the Indians taking a quick 5-0 lead, Boston coming back and immediately tying the game at five, and then the Indians regaining the lead, 7-5, before Boston then took the lead yet again, 9-5. But, even with all the scoring, the biggest treat the game has given us is Austin Jackson’s defense.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jackson made an insane catch, one that could be the catch of the year in the MLB once the season comes to an end. It’s so good that it will take one heckuva catch to top the one the 30-year-old made at Fenway Park Tuesday night. Not only did he rob Hanley Ramirez of a solo home run, but Jackson timed his jump perfectly to catch the ball at his highest point, all while falling over the fence in center field. The best part? He was able to secure the ball in his glove the whole time. Just how impressive was it? Even the Fenway faithful and Red Sox fans gave Jackson a standing ovation.
Let’s take a look:
Throughout the first five innings of the game, many people on Indians Twitter were questioning why Jackson got the start in center ahead of Bradley Zimmer. While Boston starting pitcher Chris Sale is left-handed, the veteran has struggled mightily against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Meanwhile, the rookie has performed quite well against lefties, whether it be in the minors or at the highest level this season. But, all those questions were answered with that one play in the outfield. He doesn’t have to even have a hit Tuesday night, but his catch will still be the play of the game, and probably the only one that people will remember from this game.
Whether the Indians win or lose the game remains a question, but Jackson’s catch in center field in the fifth inning will no doubt be under consideration when the MLB identifies the catch of the year at season’s end.