The Toronto Blue Jays have a rich history of great defensive players and highlight reel plays. However, they may have a brand new inscription on that tapestry.
In the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada was nursing a perfect game and as we all know, those games are rife with fantastic defensive plays. In Estrada’s second-straight gem, that came out of the back pocket of Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. Estrada induced David DeJesus into popping a ball up that just kept tailing into the stands, but luckily for the Jays, Donaldson was going in after it.
Vine courtesy of National Post scribe Bruce Arthur
Donaldson just did pulled a Derek Jeter and showed him how to do it properly and stay pretty in the process. Now, the play was obviously aided by some visiting Blue Jays fans who knew enough to get out of the way of their soon-to-be All-Star third baseman and let him make some magic.
After losing his no-hitter in the top of the eighth inning against Baltimore last weekend, Estrada took a perfecto into the eighth on Wednesday. Donaldson’s beauty of a play secured the first out of the game, but the magic was short-lived after that. On the very next hitter, Logan Forsythe hit a high chopper to third that Donaldson tried to barehand and nearly got the speedy Forsythe, but was a second late on the throw.
Still, it wasn’t for lack of effort and Donaldson certainly gave it his all.
My question to you, the readers, is whether this ranks up there as the best catch in Blue Jays history or if Devon White still holds the title.