San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco, on his perfect game-saving catch Wednesday night:
A perfect game from Matt Cain. The most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen.
And I keep thinking how incredibly grateful I am to have made the catch that kept the perfect game going.
I watched the replay a dozen times when I got to the apartment I’m renting a few blocks from the park. My wife and almost-two-year-old son were waiting up for me. She was upset she didn’t come to the game, but I told her it was OK because it was so loud and the baby probably would not have been happy. She told me that when I was being interviewed on TV, the baby just stared at the screen like, “That’s my dad!’’
When I watched the replay, all I could think was, “I can’t believe you really did that. That’s crazy.’’
What I liked most was the feeling it created in the ballpark. Everyone just went crazy. And I think at that moment Matt knew he was going to do it. It was like he got more confident as the crowd got louder.
When he tipped his cap to me, well, that’s the greatest compliment a fielder can get because he knows you’re there for him. That’s what a team is about.
In the dugout, everyone went nuts. They’re asking me, “How’d you make that? That was the greatest catch I’ve ever seen in my life.’’ There were two really great moments. Bruce Bochy came up to me and said, “In all my years, I’ve never seen a play like that, man. That was great.’’ And he gave me a hug.
It was a sensational catch -- Giants play-by-play man Duane Kuiper went nuts when Blanco caught the ball.
But as great of a catch as the one Blanco made was, perhaps an even better play was the one made by third baseman Joaquin Arias. Arias double-clutched upon fielding the grounder, and his momentum was going away from first. Naturally, he didn’t get a lot on the throw, and I thought for sure he wasn’t going to make the play. But he did, and Matt Cain had his perfect game.
Blanco and Arias both deserve Gold Gloves after what they did for Cain. Awesome plays.