The memorable moments of Dewayne Wise

June, 30, 2012

Dewayne Wise. Is he the most interesting career .219 hitter in the world?

He just might be. Now, we don't know all of the career .219 hitters in the world (note: he was at .219 before Saturday afternoon's game), but we do know Wise this week made more news than a lot of history's light-hitting outfielders ever do.

And luckily for us, much of this news was of the visual variety.

Like that umpire-fooling, non-catch catch, as discussed above by Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Jay Crawford and seen from some more angles here:

Dewayne Wise AP Photo/Kathy WillensYeah, he didn't make the catch.
YankeesTim Farrell/US PresswireWise's teammates, however, sure were happy with the result.

Wise then took the mound Friday night, recording the final two outs -- in just seven pitches, with no walks or hits allowed -- in the New York Yankees' 14-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Dewayne WiseBrad Penner-US PRESSWIREWise, a lefty, fared better than some other position players-turned-pitchers (say, Jose Canseco).

Speaking of White Sox, that was where Wise made his first big Mark. As in, preserving Mark Buehrle's perfect game with the most amazing of ninth-inning, home-run-robbing grabs. (And yes, this one was legit.)

WiseWarren Wimmer/Icon SMI
DeWayne WiseJerry Lai/US Presswire
Dewayne Wise Jerry Lai/US Presswire
Dewayne WiseRon Vesely/MLB Photos/Getty Images

Wise also has broken the hearts of future teammates, as seen here when he forced Mariano Rivera into a blown save while with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wise seems to have a knack for good fortune. Just watch this play while he was with the Marlins, when he fell on his face while rounding third -- only for a bad throw to allow him to score anyway:

Through it all -- and by it all, we mean six major league teams and several minor league stints -- Wise just has kept making catches.

Dewayne WiseAP Photo/John FroschauerThis one came with the Marlins, robbing Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez of a hit in June 2011.

... and making opposing fans mad, like this guy:

Oh, and he gave us this photo, with him and ex-teammate Clay Hensley. So there's that.

Dewayne WiseGarrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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