WATCH: Mets CF Matt den Dekker makes two amazing run-saving defensive plays

  • David Whitlock

The New York Mets 26-year-old Matt den Dekker has a new best friend.  That being 41-year-old Mets hurler Bartolo Colon.  The athletic den Dekker (which has one of the best Twitter handles in baseball, at @upperdekker) leaped high over the centerfield wall to rob the power-oozing Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard… (via…

…then threw out the Phillies Reid Brignac at the plate by fifteen feet the very next inning (via…

And it was all before the fourth inning.  I’m sure the advanced scouts in attendance were taking notice that thou shalt not try to hit over, or run on the young den Dekker.

– 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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