Did you see that catch?
If you follow baseball, then you know which one, but for those of you who don’t, check out this video of Austin Jackson’s epic catch at Fenway Park this week.
Needless to say there’s a bunch of fans who are going to have to revise their Greatest Catches Videos (YouTube).
So, that was a once in a lifetime catch, right? Well, not so. This Boston.com story, among others, pointed out that Seattle’s Jay Buhner pulled off an almost identical feat 20 years ago!
Austin Jackson’s spectacular catch reminds Red Sox fans of this 90’s grab (Nicole Yang, Boston.com)
Pretty cool, and it’s interesting to note that one of the biggest differences in the clips comes down to the technology used to capture the plays. Maybe in 20 years another player will make a similar catch, and there will be a 360° camera in the bullpen to capture it.
Of course, that’s not all that far fetched. There’s a ton of examples of the technology being used in MLB already. For example, here’s a 360° Video that takes you behind the scenes and onto the field at Fenway Park.
If you’re not a member of Red Sox Nation (and, of course, not everyone is), then there are plenty of other examples. Here’s one that puts you on the field a the Cubs celebrated their World Series win last year.
The MLB’s YouTube Channel has a series of 360° Videos entitled On the Verge VR that takes you behind the scenes while spotlighting Mookie Betts (Red Sox), Jose Berrios (Twins), Josh Bell (Pirates), and Manuel Margot (Padres). There’s even a MLB VR Channel that has over 100 other examples, so grab some Cracker Jack and Enjoy!
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