Incredible Nolan Arenado Catch Explains Why Rockies Third Baseman Has Won Two Straight Gold Gloves (Video)
If you’re a baseball fan in the eastern half of the United States (or Canada), you probably don’t get to watch much Colorado Rockies baseball. Consequently, you might not understand why, in 2013, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the first rookie to win a Gold Glove at that position since 1957. Nor might you understand why, in 2014, he won it again.
But the video you’re about to watch will help you understand, because it features an absolutely ridiculous, balls-out, over-the-head Nolan Arenado catch from last night’s Rockies-Giants game at AT&T Park.
It could not have come at a better time, either. The Rockies were up 3-0 in the bottom of the eight, but the Giants had runners on first and second with nobody out. Center fielder Gregor Blanco could have made things very interesting with one swing of the bat.
However, on an 0-1 pitch, Blanco popped a ball down the third base line. It looked like it was destined to go into the stands or at least drop safely in foul territory, but Arenado came sprinting in to make the basket catch before hitting the tarp and crashing into the stands.
But wait, there’s more! After making the catch and crashing into the wall, Arenado popped right back up and fired the ball over to third to try to catch the runner advancing from second.
Take a look:
So now those two straight Gold Gloves make total sense, right?