As far as manager Robin Ventura and his players are concerned, Avisail Garcia’s leaping catch to rob Chris Davis of a game-tying home run in the ninth inning Saturday is among the best they’ve ever seen.
Garcia’s spectacular catch preserved a 3-2 White Sox win, the team’s fourth in a row.
“I was just trying to see the ball and catch it,” Garcia said. “That’s what happened. Instinct.”
Here’s what Garcia’s manager and teammates said about his catch after Saturday’s game:
Manager Robin Ventura: “(Davis) hit it pretty good. You know he had some topspin on it. You’re playing no doubles, and as soon as he hit it, it looked like a homer. The wind was blowing in a little bit, it probably caught some of the topspin that knocked it down. Avi got a good read on it. It's a great catch, it really is. It saves the game. For him, you could tell he was excited that he caught it. He's an emotional guy, and it's a big lift for everybody when a guy does that.”
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Closer David Robertson: “I knew (Davis) hit it good. He’s so strong, any time he makes contact you’re worried it’s leaving the field. I was just overjoyed to see him catch that ball and come back it with it. It was awesome.”
Outfielder J.B. Shuck: “That was phenomenal. He hit it off the bat, and he hit it hard so were all like 'Ah, man.' But you could see Avi tracking back, and he got off the ground and he was probably a couple feet behind the fence. That was one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
Outfielder Adam Eaton: “As soon as I saw it hit, I put my head down. I’m like, 'It’s over.' I thought it was going past the Miller Lite section of right field. But then I looked up, and I’m like, 'That thing has some serious topspin. We’ve got a chance.' And as it’s coming down, I know Avi — you could tell by his reaction — he was shocked he caught it too.”
Starter Jeff Samardzija: “Oh man, it’s right up there with Trout’s that he had. The timing of it made it so much more unbelievable. It’s a top three catch I’ve seen out here.”