Alex Avila takes a leap at the net

Not surprisingly, Alex Avila didn’t want to make a big deal out of his jumping catch at the screen Friday night to get an out. He was, however, willing to have a little fun with it.

“I felt like I probably could’ve dunked a basketball today. That’s how good my legs felt,” Avila said with a wry smile when asked about his vertical leap.

It was an odd sight to see any catcher have to jump for a ball, let alone Avila. He usually spends more time diving to the dirt to block a pitch. It’s especially odd to see a player using a screen like trampoline.

For Avila, it was what he felt he had to do to catch the ball before it hit the screen.

“I went up there and I jumped because I thought maybe the ball was going to hit the net,” Avila said. “It was kind of coming down, and I wasn’t sure if I reached up there if I would’ve been able to catch it. I just took a shot to jump and see if I could grab it before it hit the net. …

“Not exactly something you plan or practice. To be honest with you, it’s because I didn’t get back there fast enough. A guy with a little more mobility probably catches it a little bit easier.”

Brad Ausmus, a catcher who had a little more ability for most of his career, seemed to hint at that.

“It was a nice catch. I would’ve caught it without the jump,” he said. “Never seen that before in my life. Very athletic.”

Also very trusting that the net was going to hold him back from the seats, which were empty in the area where he jumped.

“The cable’s pretty thick, so I was hoping it did,” he said. “I mean, you look at those cables and they’ve got to last with foul balls going into them every day. I didn’t know. I just wanted to catch the ball.”

8 Comments

I assume that will make hi-lights on several networks. Fun to watch. At the moment he jumped my body was bracing itself for pains of empathy. I had no idea that the net would react that way. I envisioned him crashing into seats ending in head or body injury. What a relief.

Your right. Any time a team goes into a foreign ballpark and it has a SHORT WALL. They should have a NET or something for the player to LAND ON if he has to leap over the fence.

where was the net for Torii Hunter last season when he flipped over the wall? catchers get all the breaks…ha ha

After watching it again, actually I didn’t see the screen or thought he was beyond it. Would explain why I braced for the pain.

It was enough to make you think you were watching a good catcher on a good baseball team, wasn’t it?

Wow resign him to a 5 year extension – quick!

Lineup vs. CLE: Kinsler 4, Hunter 9, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez 7, Avila 2, Castellanos 5, Romine 6, Davis 8. Lobstein starting.

So swinging like most players in the team sent him to the bench again

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