I mentioned recently that it seems like Addison Russell, who is among the best defensive players in baseball, hadn’t made quite as many “HOLY SH*T” plays this year as he did last year.
I don’t know how many incredible plays one catch can count for, but whatever the maximum, Russell totally earned it on this diving, rolling, absurd catch with the bases loaded tonight. I keep watching it, and I keep being more and more impressed:
He covered SO much ground in so little time, and then went all out to snag the ball. Look how far he skidded/rolled once he hit the grass! That’s how fast he was going! And the fist pump after? Bonus awesomeness
The metrics on the catch are just silly:
Addison Russell's amazing catch!
Distance covered: 107ft !!!
First step: 0.2 seconds
Top speed: 19.3 MPH@Cubs
— Daren Willman (@darenw) September 1, 2016
And more video/GIF versions for your enjoyment (just make sure you sit down, and call a doctor if, you know, the four hours thing):
Addison hustle. pic.twitter.com/zVv6iZlpSe
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 1, 2016
— CSN Chicago (@CSNChicago) September 1, 2016