Mid-July always seems a little bitter sweet to me. On one hand, it’s the middle of summer. On the other hand, it feels like all of sports just go into hibernation for a brief period. I know there are plenty of sports going on right now, but when the biggest story on ESPN is the Sandusky trial you have to wonder, what happened to all the sports?
We entered the month of July coming off a sport high with the Stanley Cup finals, NBA finals and the College World Series all battling for the spotlight. After Wimbledon and the MLB All-Star game, the sports world closely resembled an empty stadium four hours after game time. But don’t worry–there is good news about mid-July as well. We are less than a month away from August, a month with over 60 NFL preseason games scheduled and the beginning of the greatest season of all: Football season.
Until then, my task of presenting you with a Play of the Week will prove more difficult, but I think I am up for the challenge. After searching long and hard for something that is truly Play of the Week worthy, I finally came across an unbelievable catch. Jiwan James, center fielder for the Reading Phillies, took a page from a marvel comic with a Spiderman inspired catch. What was surely going to be a home run in the third inning of this minor league game was robbed in stellar fashion. James scales the center field wall and throws his glove up to make the grab and somehow loses his glove behind the wall. When he lands and presents the ball in his right hand everyone cheers in astonishment, including James.
Jiwan was originally drafted as a pitcher in 2007 before injuring his throwing arm and making the transition to outfield. With a .254 batting average, 6 home runs and 26 RBI’s this may be just what Jiwan James needed to get the Philadelphia club to bring him back up to the big leagues.
Here is the TicketCity Play of the Week.