Jason Repko ran out of room trying to chase down a long fly ball in the first inning of his Pawtucket Red Sox team’s minor league game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, but it didn’t matter. Repko made a leaping catch that was so high it actually carried him over the short outfield wall, leading to countless replays on ESPN and many labeling the gravity-defying grab “catch of the year.”
The stakes were already high in the AAA International League game when Jason Repko snagged the ball, The Huffington Post reported. The bases were loaded, and there was nobody out when the Yankees’ Kosuke Fukodome crushed a 2-1 pitch deep to left field. Repko chased the sure-grand slam to the warning track and timed his jump perfectly, catching the ball in mid-air and then continuing right over the outfield fence.
“It definitely felt good, but we still lost. I want to be happy about it, but you can’t be because you lost and you still feel down about the game,” Repko told ESPNBoston.com. “All in all, when I got home and saw it on TV, I was like, ‘that was kind of cool.’ I enjoyed it, and to see it [on SportsCenter] was cool.”
Jason Repko has actually been in the same situation before, ESPNBoston.com noted. While he was playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers Single A affiliate Vero Beach in 2002, he nearly made an identical over-the-wall catch, but that time couldn’t hold onto the ball.
Unfortunately for Jason Repko, the catch didn’t mean too much in the end. The Yankees end up beating the Red Sox 6-2, and all Repko got for his effort was a long cut on his forearm.