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WATCH: Royals fan makes tumbling backward catch over row, holds on to ball

  • David Whitlock

“Give that guy a contract”

“This is the play of the day for sure”

“Way to Represent K.C.”

“I come out of my seat lots of times for great catches on the field, but rarely does a fan bring me out of my seat”

The Kansas City Royals announcers gush over a spectacular catch by a fan who jumps backward, tumbling over the seats, and stabs a foul pop up, even showing the ball at the end (for an imaginary umpire).  The Royals announcers were particularly excited that it was one of their fans at the Minnesota Twins Target Field. Watch the “fan catch of the year” candidate (via

And he didn’t even lose his sunglasses!

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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