Last weekend, the Texas Tech baseball team held a 7-0 lead over West Virginia at the top of the eighth round during their Big 12 game in Morgantown. Despite all the offenses up to that point, the game’s play was not made on the field.
Texas player Jace Jung tore an ugly ball into the broadcast booth and Texas Tech radio advertiser Geoff Haxton made today’s game. Haxton caught the ball barefoot as he called for the game.
When Haxton called, he even said that the ball “came straight at us” before taking a sensational grip. The Red Raiders radio candidate admitted that his hand hurt quite a bit after taking the impressive catch.
“It hurt a lot for two hours afterwards, and then the swelling went down a little bit,” Haxton said told Slate.com. “It ended up being a lot of fun. I caught the case mostly with my left index finger, that’s where the pop really happened. But it was much better than I thought it would be. It hurt a lot.”
This is why many people, including adults, wear gloves to a baseball game in hopes of catching an ugly ball. It is certainly not an exact science, and sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time. Fortunately for the home crowd, the keeper made the save.