When Willie Mays made The Catch in 1954, the New York Giants played in the Polo Grounds, which was a goddamn huge ballpark shaped like a horseshoe with a 483-foot center field fence. He had to get way the hell back there to make the over-the-shoulder grab. Given the dimensions of the ballpark, it’s probably irreplicable.
However, Juan Lagares came real close today against the Washington Nationals with this catch.
The Mets lost, but who cares. Look at that catch! If only he’d also lost his hat whirling around to make the throw.