Repko's leaping catch a must-see
September, 3, 2012
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The now-famous catch by Pawtucket Red Sox outfielder Jason Repko on Sunday was the talk around McCoy Stadium on Monday morning.
His leaping, over-the-wall catch was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 and it was viewed over and over again in the PawSox’s clubhouse and on the video board here.
In the top of the first inning on Sunday, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees loaded the bases with no outs when the Yankees’ Kosuke Fukudome drove an opposite-field shot toward the left-field wall in front of the PawSox bullpen. In an all-out sprint, Repko made a leaping catch, then flipped over the wall and tumbled into the bullpen to rob Fukudome of a possible grand slam. The Yankees eventually won the game, 6-2.
“It definitely felt good, but we still lost,” Repko said Monday morning. “I want to be happy about it, but you can’t be because you lost and you still feel down about the game. All in all, when I got home and saw it on TV, I was like, ‘that was kind of cool.’ I enjoyed it, and to see it [on SportsCenter] was cool.”
Repko said he almost made a similar catch while playing for Single-A Vero Beach (Los Angeles Dodgers) in 2002, but he dropped the ball. On Monday, he was sporting a massive cut on his forearm as a souvenir from his dramatic catch.