The best (Wiffle ball) catch ever
Somebody get this guy a Gold Glove! Or whatever the Wiffle ball equivalent of a Gold Glove is. Game-ending catches, at all levels, don't get any better than this one.
So hats off to Konnor Fleming, who preserved his Crusaders' 3-0 win in the 12th annual Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament by throwing his entire body into the bullpen (yes, there is a bullpen for Wiffle ball games nowadays) in order to rob a homer and record the game's final out.
It looks like the umpire is adamantly signaling throughout the above video that the catch was in fact a home run, but Evan Michaud, who was playing first base for the Crusaders, commented on the YouTube video to say that the home run call was quickly overturned via instant replay, cementing Fleming's catch in Wiffle ball folklore forever.
And yes, you read that correctly: Wiffle ball tournaments are not above using instant replay to overturn bad calls! Take note, Major League Baseball.
Before all of you snarkbots start laughing at a bunch of adults playing Wiffle ball in a quarter-scale replica of Fenway Park (appropriately dubbed "Little Fenway"), take note that this is all going toward a good cause. The tournament, which is played in Essex, Vt., at both Little Fenway and Little Wrigley, will raise more than $500,000 for spinal cord research this year.
That seems like more than enough of a reason to put your body on the line to make a ridiculous catch like Fleming did.
You can make a donation to the Travis Roy Foundation's Tournament here. The organization, founded by Travis Roy, a college hockey player paralyzed in a game in 1995, says it is looking forward to eclipsing the $2 million mark in cumulative donations to spinal cord research in the near future.
(h/t to Deadspin)