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Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers makes absolutely silly one-handed catch, knows exactly what he's doing

September 09, 2021

It won't go down as THE play of the year in Major League Baseball, but Ryan Jeffers' one-handed snag on Wednesday night is easily the most fun play of the year. We'll explain.

The scene: in the bottom of the eighth, holding on to a 3-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar was on the mound with two outs and a 2-2 count. The lefty threw a high fastball that Indians batter Myles Straw weakly fouled off behind home plate. Jeffers, the catcher, had a chance to catch it to end the inning, but because it didn't have enough hangtime, there was no way he could get his glove on it.

So Jeffers did what any great athlete does - reacted. He dove to his right and bare-handed the damn thing, ending the inning and sending his dugout into a frenzy:

Again, play of the year? Probably not. But it's without a doubt the most fun based off of Jeffers' reaction alone. The real-life version of the eyeballs emoji: 

Remember that scene in "The Sandlot" when Wendy Peffercorn is putting on sun tan lotion and Yeah Yeah says "she don't know what she's doin'" and then Benny says "yeah she does, she knows EXACTLY what she's doin'." That's the first thing I thought of when I saw Jeffers' look at Theilbar. That man knows EXACTLY what he's doin'.