We are continuing with our 2014 Top Moments countdown, this time with our #3 moment: When T-Mac caught a home run.
Back on June 27, the Phillies broadcast crew of Tom McCarthy, Jamie Moyer, and Matt Stairs were stationed in center field for the game’s broadcast. It was the first time in Citizens Bank Park history that the game would be called from a location other than the booth behind home plate. Their “booth” was set up just left of the “409” sign in center field.
Kyle Kendrick was on the mound, and immediately allowed the first two runners of the game to reach base–a B.J. Upton single and an Andrelton Simmons walk. The third batter to step in the box was Freddie Freeman. He took the first pitch he saw, a 87 MPH cutter, deep to center. “Out toward our vantage point!”, said T-Mac, just before he caught the ball, to the delight of his booth partners and the fans around him. As soon as he caught it, Jamie Moyer told T-Mac he had to throw it back.
And he did.
The Phillies would go on to lose the game 4-2, but T-Mac’s catch was all over ESPN, MLB Network, and the Internet. It was an awesome moment, and certainly worthy of our #3 spot.