What a catch by Jermaine Dye in the top of the sixth inning. For those of you who didn’t see it, you can watch it again here as JD was driven back to the right field wall at pretty much full speed by a hard-hit ball. 350K
Just as he approached the fence, JD reached up and with his glove at just about the yellow line atop the wall, snagged the ball, slamming into the cyclone fence (luckily not at a post) and bouncing back onto the warning track.
In replays, you could see the ball hit his glove, see JD glance to see that he had hit and flex his grip in the miliseconds after he bounced off the wall.
As great as the play was, the reaction was better.
As Ozzie Guillen and assistant trainer Brian Ball ran out to check on JD, the crowd stood and roared, breaking into sustained chants of M-V-P, M-V-P, M-V-P.
I doubt you could see it on TV, but it was interesting to see the reactions of the Sox players. As JD fell, Paul Konerko put both hands atop his head. You could almost read the bubble above his head, saying "Oh, no. We can’t afford this. Be O.K."
After JD stood and flexed his leg, pitcher Jon Garland pointed out to his right-fielder. Once JD waved that he was ready, Jon applauded on the mound in appreciation of the play. Then he turned to face the hitter.
So everyone knows what happens when a player makes a great defensive play?
Of course. He leads off the next inning.
With a bomb of a home run.
M-V-P. M-V-P. M-V-P.