- 47% - Jake McCarthy’s incredible catch, April 4
- 24% - Gabriel Moreno 13th-inning walk-off, September 16
- 13% - Nick Ahmed’s dazzling play, June 28
- 7% - Gurriell Jr. to Perdomo to Moreno, July 8
- 4% - Alek Thomas’ lunging grab, August 22
4% - Jose Herrera nabs Baez at third, June 9
With almost twice as many votes as any other candidate, and falling just short of an overall majority, McCarthy’s all-out effort proved unable to resist. Even at the time, it received high praise, being called “one of the best running catches I’ve ever seen at Petco Park,” as well as “an early Catch of the Year candidate.” He said after the game, “I had a pretty good read on it. The wall came up pretty quick. The catch itself I don’t think was super difficult. But I didn’t realize how close I was to the wall. Obviously, I flipped over. Luckily, I didn’t get hurt or anything. The concrete didn’t feel great, but I feel fine.” For your entertainment, here is another angle on the play, in slow-motion.
Jake McCarthy is a total gamer. pic.twitter.com/OuJfNqKzAa— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) April 4, 2023
- 2022: 4/7: Beer’s all round!
- 2021: 4/29, Josh Rojas robs Tatis
- 2020: 9/8, Josh Rojas trips “awkwardly”
- 2019: 6/12, Ahmed nabs Kingery after review
- 2018: 6/18, Dyson’s tremendous leaping grab
- 2017: 8/8, Jake Lamb grand-slam vs. LAD
- 2016: 10/1, Archie Bradley fields comebacker
- 2015: 9/18, A.J. Pollock catch at wall
- 2014: 8/8, David Peralta steals home
- 2013: 6/9, Gerardo Parra’s bare-hand force
- 2012: 9/9. Adam Eaton double-play
- 2011: 9/27, Ryan Roberts’ walk-off grand-slam
- 2010: 9/1, Brandon Allen, come from behind grand-slam
- 2009: 5/4, Triple-play vs. LAD
- 2008: 7/29, Alex Romero, game-saving catch
- 2007: 6/5, Brandon Lyon covers third-base
- 36% - Alek Thomas, game-tying PH home-run, NLCS
- 25% - Gabriel Moreno homers, then doesn’t, then homers again, NLDS
- 22% - Evan Longoria catch into double-play, NLWC
- 11% - Christian Walker bare-handed stop, World Series
- 6% - Zac Gallen buckles Freddie Freeman, NLDS
It’s likely little exaggeration to say that this hit changed the National League Championship Series. Arizona were 2-1 down, and were trailing by two runs in the bottom of the eighth. A defeat would leave them staring into the elimination abyss. But Thomas was having none of it. His blast into the pool area tied the game, and later in the inning, Gabriel Moreno gave the D-backs the lead. They’d level the series at two, and go on to win it in seven. Thomas said, “I’ll never forget this moment... That play is definitely something that you see in your dreams.” He’s not wrong. It was the first pinch-hit homer to tie a post-season contest that late, with their team trailing by two or more, since 2008.
"These are the moments that we live for."— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 21, 2023
Following his game-tying home run in the @Dbacks' come-from-behind win, Alek Thomas spoke to @jonmorosi about his journey. #EmbraceTheChaos pic.twitter.com/vKctEawV4E
Finally, as promised, here’s the reel of the ten plays that received the most votes, in ascending order. There was a tie for tenth, so I used my executive authority to give the final spot to Jose Herrera over Alek Thomas. After all, Thomas has already received his moment in the sun!