I just saw this. It defines sportsmanship. In the bottom of the 11th inning in tonight’s Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards, in a 1-1 tie, The Orioles’ Trey Mancini slugged what appeared to be game-winning home run to Camden Yards’ left center field. But Boston centerfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., the 2018 Gold Glove winner at the position, raced over to the wall, leaped, draped himself over the top, and somehow, caught the ball to save the game for the Red Sox, at least temporarily.
Uusally when this kind of play occurs, the batter winces, or hold his head, or kicks a base. Mancini, however, lifted his helmet high off his head as looked out to centerfield, saluting the man who took his homer away.
I’m sure it’s happened before, but I’ve seen thousands of baseball games, and I’ve never seen it, certainly not on a foiled game-winning hit.
I am now a Trey Mancini fan.
(The Red Sox won in the 12th, 2-1)