Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Web Gems?

Tonight's SportsCenter Top 10 features a couple of diving catches by left fielders. At number 3, Carl Crawford gets a great jump on a ball, sprints to it, and lays out to grab it. At number 2, Chris Duncan appears to do the same, making his own diving catch.

Except it's not the same. Crawford is the best defensive left fielder in baseball, and he made a great play. Duncan may be the worst defensive left fielder in baseball, and he turned a fairly routine play into a Web Gem.

This doesn't really matter, of course. The viewers got to see two spectacular-looking plays, and Crawford is still a much better defender than Duncan--and anyone who bothers to do any research will know this. That just leaves the Gold Glove voters, who may well hand Duncan some hardware at the end of the year on the basis of his 20 SportsCenter highlights. They probably won't, but stranger things have happened.

I'll try not to pick on the Cardinals in my next post, I swear.

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