Andrew Benintendi got dealt unceremoniously by the Red Sox, but he’ll forever be remembered in Boston for making one of the most clutch catches in the team’s (and baseball’s) history in the 2018 ALCS.
You’ve heard it before in your dreams. Two outs. Bottom 9. Bases loaded.
Except instead of living the dream as a hitter, Benny pulled off one of the most clutch plays ever in the field. Alex Bregman hit a long flare towards the left field line, a ball that drops in for a two-run single 99% of the time, as most left fielders will take that on a hop to avoid a diving miss, which would have surely resulted in a walk-off for the Astros and humiliation. Benintendi didn’t bother to think about what could go wrong. Instead he took a perfect route to the ball, laid out at full extension and sent the Houston fans home cryin’. It will go down as one of the greatest postseason catches of all time, especially after the Red Sox would win the next game and go on to be World Champs.
While Benintendi made that play with a 1799, he is now wearing a modified trap with the Royals (with red accents). You can get the KP92 with the same simple black and red style as Benintendi at this Wilson.com for $380. There’s also a larger version, the JH32, for larger hands.