No glove necessary

Look closely at the photo to the left. You’ll see the slightest smirk from Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. That’s the most you’ll ever see him smile after a play.

Fans would’ve forgiven AC if he would’ve been full-out grinning ear to ear after the impossible play he pulled off in Sunday’s win over the Pirates. OK, “impossible” for most shortstops, that is.

In the 10th inning, with the Pirates and Indians knotted 2-2, Brandon Wood hit pitch from reliever Joe Smith for a low liner toward the hole to Cabrera’s right. The ball one-hopped in the dirt in front of the shortstop, and looked destined to be a single to left.

Then, in the blink of an eye, Cabrera snared the ball with his bare hand, took a step and threw across his body to first baseman Carlos Santana. The catch was amazing and the subsequent relay was as incredible. Manager Manny Acta said “half the dugout” was screaming, “Best play ever!”

The question is whether it was even Cabrera’s best so far in 2011.

On May 19 in Chicago, A-Cab used a barehanded grab to catch a deflected grounder to his right. Then, from his knees, he flipped the ball to Adam Everett at second base to start a jaw-dropping double play. Oh, one more thing, the victimized batter was none other than former Indians shortstop extraordinaire Omar Vizquel.

Apparently, Cabrera’s glove is just a fashion accessory.

 

So I asked fans on Twitter, which was the better Asdrubal Gem? Was it Sunday’s barehanded grab in the hole (No. 1), or was it the May 19 play in Chi-town (No. 2)? As of 1 p.m. today, I received 46 responses.

The results: 26 for May 19, 17 for June 19 and 3 called it a tie.

Here is a sample of some of the comments:

Sorry I couldn’t include all the responses. I appreciated all the solid replies, though.

For those of you who haven’t seen either play yet, I’ll provide the links here. CLICK HERE for “The Flip” on May 19. CLICK HERE for “The Sleight of Hand.” And, while you’re at it, you can CLICK HERE for the unreal play from Asdrubal against the Orioles last season. A few fans still cast votes for that one.

Check Indians.com later for more.

~JB

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JB, I would have voted for the recent one against the Pirates, mainly because I was there in person and it blew us all away. Too bad it came after the rain delay and so many had left. Their loss!
Let me also suggest a tool that will simplify the kind of collection of tweets that you assembled for this post. It is called Storify.
The site allows you to pick a topic and then search for related news articles, Tweets, Facebook comments, Flickr photos and drag and drop them into an embeddable multimedia story.
Using Storify lets you keep the live links rather than creating static JPGs.
Best, Phil, Durham NC

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