The San Diego Padres may not have a lot of talent, or wins, but they do have plenty of grit and determination, as infielders Chris Nelson and Tommy Medica demonstrated Tuesday against the Rockies.
On play #1, Nelson tracks a pop foul all the way to the stands and says, eff it, I’m going in. Nelson flips over the railing Jeter-style and makes the catch, earning a big round of applause.
On the very next play, another pop foul heads for the stands, this time up the first base side. Tommy Medica, inspired by Chris Nelson’s effort on the previous play, reaches into the people and makes the grab.
Dick Enberg can barely contain his excitement at this incredibly rare display of fearless and acrobatic defensive prowess on back-to-back plays. It’s the best thing that happened to Dick since that satisfyingly huge bowel movement he had about three weeks ago that he still can’t stop talking about.
The Padres may still suck butt, but at least they are not afraid to hurl their bodies into the stands. So they haven’t entirely given up.