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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Busbee: This college kid’s dive-somersault-strut catch is the best snag of 2013 so far

There are only so many ways to make an impressive diving catch in the outfield, but here’s one you’ll remember: N.C. State’s Brett Williams with a flawless lay out into a tuck, followed by a somersault and a pop back up to his feet. He closes with a flawless (and well-earned strut) reminiscent of the WWE’s dearly departed Mr. Perfect.

Haven’t seen that before.

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The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 28, 2013 at 04:33 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 28, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4377903)
He closes with a flawless (and well-earned strut) reminiscent of the WWE’s dearly departed Mr. Perfect.

If that was a "strut," then Hank Aaron was somersaulting around the bases after his 715th HR with a sparkler in his ass. Not so much Mr. Perfect as Virgil.
   2. Anonymous Observer Posted: February 28, 2013 at 05:28 PM (#4377909)
BRETT WILLIAMS TIMES HIS DIVES!
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 28, 2013 at 05:28 PM (#4377911)
We get quite a few of these to look at, but this one is impressive. Can't remember seeing a full lay out catch taken and the tuck completed before hitting the ground. Nice catch kid, there's your Warholian moment.
   4. Esoteric Posted: February 28, 2013 at 05:58 PM (#4377945)
It really is an amazing catch. The mid-air somersault is actually more impressive than the catch itself.
   5. Canker Soriano Posted: February 28, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4377965)
That's no strut, especially for a kid in North Carolina. You've got to go full Ric Flair, complete with a big WOO!
   6. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: February 28, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4378028)
So I watched it a few times. There is no obvious strut.

The important issue is that this guy is going to get drafted because of this catch. Kinda like Gary Mathews getting a contract because of one catch.

So the question is, how good of a catch is this? He's lined up, nearly dead center (say, half a step to his right off dead center). He runs into right center (you can see the light stanchion behind the catch) and makes the catch just shy of the stanchion. He's running slightly back and to his right, but doesn't appear to cover much ground vertically (i.e. toward center field and away from home). His route looks almost exactly perpendicular to the home/center axis.

Given all that, is that great range? Good range? He looks like he's all-out from the moment the ball is struck, so it looks like he got a good jump. I'm inclined to call this a very good catch, but not a great one.
   7. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 28, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4378038)
I think he covers more ground going back than you're giving him credit for. He lands pretty close to the warning track, and he didn't start all that deep.
   8. flournoy Posted: February 28, 2013 at 09:37 PM (#4378060)
Nice catch. I wouldn't put it ahead of Derrick Salberg's catch from last year, though.
   9. Boxkutter Posted: March 01, 2013 at 03:44 AM (#4378157)
The only time my alma mater gets a hi-lite reel cameo is when someone does something impressive against us.

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