Blue Jays’ Chris Coghlan makes all-time great leap to touch home plate
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar earned the “Superman” nickname for his athletic diving catches in centre field.
But after Tuesday night, he may have to cede the moniker to teammate Chris Coghlan.
During Tuesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Busch Stadium, Coughlan dropped jaws not just in the stadium but across the baseball world with an unbelievable dive to touch home plate.
With the score 2-2 in the seventh inning, Coghlan sped around the bases on a triple hit by Pillar in the right-field corner, which hit high off the fence over Stephen Piscotty and bounced back toward the infield.
Piscotty’s throw to the plate was slightly up the third-base line, and catcher Yadier Molina leaned down to pick up the ball after its third hop. As Molina reached for the ball, the 31-year-old Coghlan hurled himself over the catcher, somersaulted and landed on the plate with his helmet and left hand.
Twitter exploded in the moments following the play.
The Jays would go on to win 6-5 in the 11th inning after pitcher Marcus Stroman entered the game as a pinch-hitter and smacked a double for his first major league hit. He would later score the go-ahead run on a wild throw by the Cardinals’ shortstop.
-With files from the Associated Press
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