Jackie Bradley Jr. has established himself as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, and his skills were on display in a tense game against the New York Yankees on July 16, 2017.
With Aaron Judge at bat and the Boston Red Sox holding a 3-0 lead, there were warning bells for everyone in the ballpark. David Price had gone seven strong innings, but he'd just given up a single to Gary Sanchez. True to form, Judge cracked a ball to deep center field. It looked destined to cut the Red Sox's lead to 3-2 and change the game.
But Jackie Bradley Jr. wasn't about to let that happen. He spotted the ball in the air and positioned himself perfectly in the deepest part of center field to make a spectacular catch. Given the geometry of Fenway Park's triangle design in center field, the play had an extremely high degree of difficulty.
Bradley Jr. leaped straight into the air and snatched the ball, robbing Judge of a guaranteed home run. Judge was denied, Price would retire the next batter and the Red Sox would go on to win the game 3-0. There's no win probability stat for a defensive play, but if there was, Bradley Jr. made one of the biggest plays of the game.
The Red Sox would go on to win the AL East in 2017, but they would fall to the Houston Astros in the ALDS. Bradley Jr. and the rest of the team would go on to win the World Series the next year.
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