You might as well get used to seeing this Austin Jackson catch from last night’s Cleveland Indians–Boston Red Sox classic now, because you’ll be seeing it in highlight reels for the rest of your life.
With his Indians protecting a two-run lead in the fifth inning, the centerfielder gave chase deep into right-center for a drive off the bat of Hanley Ramirez.
Jackson leaped and made the grab just before his lower half slammed into the outfield wall separating the field and the Boston bullpen, flipping him over the fence while he maintained possession of the baseball.
Everyone in attendance at Fenway Park, including Red Sox fans and Ramirez himself, was in awe.
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
— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) August 2, 2017
“That was one of the best catches I think I’ve ever seen,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “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.”
“I just wanted to try to get back to the wall and try to read it,” Jackson said. “I got back and I tried to get to the fence first. When I jumped and caught it, I realized I was about to take a tumble to the other side. Luckily, I was able to grab the fence a little bit and I flipped over.”
Jackson risked his body in vain, however. Both teams erased two-run deficits in the final three innings, before Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez ended things with a walk-off three-run home run off Indians closer Cody Allen.