PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — The Phillies broadcast team had the unique opportunity to call a game from the stands. Tom McCarthy, Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs abandoned their perch high above home plate in exchange for outfield seats.
Last Friday night, as the Phillies took on the Braves, McCarthy and his crew were stationed in center field calling the game from a unique perspective that they never get to experience. Another thing that typically isn’t experienced by most of us sitting in the stands, is snagging a homerun ball. McCarthy was able to experience that as well.
“All I kept thinking was man, if it’s coming out here just don’t drop the ball,” McCarthy said Monday on the 94WIP Morning Show. “There was no way I thought I could catch it.”
Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman, came to the dish and belted a three run homerun in the first inning. Typically, there is not anything too memorable about calling a homerun for one of the opposing team’s players, but McCarthy’s call was as memorable as it gets.
McCarthy recalled the amazing catch with the 94WIP Morning Show.
“I can hear that it’s hit really hard.” McCarthy remembered. “I don’t know at what point I thought, ‘wait this has a chance to get out here,’ but it’s a that point when I picked up the glove and put it on my hand.”
McCarthy displayed the composure to not only put on the glove while the ball was in mid-flight, but was also able to not break stride and call the play at the same time.
If you only hear the call, you would have no clue that McCarthy had to do so much multi-tasking during the sequence.
McCarthy did not hang on to his remarkable catch. Moyer pressured T-Mac to toss the homerun ball back onto the field and he reluctantly obliged.
The Phillies went on to lose the game, 4-2 and McCarthy’s catch wound up being the highlight of the game for the Phillies.
In an effort to commemorate the moment, and to undo McCarthy’s decision to throw back the ball, Angelo Cataldi has made quite the offer to whoever possesses the baseball. Cataldi is offering $500 for the ball and plans to return it to McCarthy so he can remember the amazing moment.
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