No, Cardinals fans. It’s not deja vu.
Billy Hamilton just has a knack for taking dingers away from Matt Carpenter at Busch Stadium.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 14, 2018
Not many insane robberies have a dismount to match the catch itself.
The aerially inclined Hamilton has done this to the Cards infielder before, back on April 15, 2016.
Carpenter was a good sport about his being victimized once again, even in a 9-1 defeat.
“That was a pretty remarkable catch,” Carpenter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was a great play, no doubt about it.
“Any time I hit a ball in his direction, I don’t feel good about it. This is the third time in my career — there were two ‘for sure’ homers and one that I thought was going to be a homer. The ball I hit in the gap in the first inning is a double 90 percent of the time.
“He’s just a great defender. I wished he played second base.”
Hamilton is gunning for the Reds’ leadoff spot, but interim manager Jim Riggleman wants the speedster’s on-base percentage above .320, roughly league average, first.
“I told those guys, ‘That’s my main goal: to get back to the No. 1 spot,'” Hamilton said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Whatever I’ve got to do to get there, keep having good at-bats, keep coming every day to working hard and get better, and show Jim (Riggleman) that I believe in myself hitting.”
And he’s been on a heater lately, slashing .354/.409/.456 since June 17. His OBP is up to .313 after a miserable start to the year.
With his range on the outfield and thievery on the basepaths — Hamilton’s swiped 252 bags over the last four and a half seasons — if he can even sniff average with the stick he’d be a star.