WATCH: Braves reliever Luis Ayala catches Justin Upton home run in his cap
Relief pitchers are always supposed to be paying attention to the action on the field, although that can be difficult at times when you’re 4o0 feet away from the plate and might have the worst angle in the ballpark. Atlanta Braves RH reliever Luis Ayala had his head, and hat “in the game” on Wednesday as he snagged Justin Upton’s go-ahead home run in his cap. Watch as he scurries to his right at the perfect angle, doesn’t bother dropping a ball in his hand, then catches the screaming line drive shot in his hat (courtesy MLB.com)
As they say in poker, the winners tell jokes (or goof off) and the losers say “deal.” The Atlanta Braves clubhouse is the former right now, riding a season-high 13-game winning streak after the win on Wednesday. This is combined with a 15.5 game lead over the second place Washington Nationals, to say they’re in the cat-bird seat would be an understatement.
– David Whitlock