The best catch of the night in Major League Baseball might not have happened on a diamond.
A older fan at venerable Wrigley Field went high over the fence in the left-field bleachers in the top of the second inning to snare a long home run off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds.
The ball looked like it was on its way to Waveland Avenue, but the elderly fan stretched up and made a one-handed grab with his glove while standing on his seat at the top of the bleachers, leaning up against the railing.
Then the guy showed some nice sleight of hand, making a quick switch to throw an old ball back onto the field so he could keep his acrobatically acquired souvenir.
Reynolds took over the Brewers’ team lead with his 20th home run of the season, which gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the game against their National League Central Division rival.
The Brewers came into the game with a two-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and a 2 ½-game edge over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the tightly packed NL Central race. While both the Cards and Bucs were playoff teams a year ago, Milwaukee hasn’t reached the postseason since winning the division crown in 2011.