A slightly apprehensive, but persistent kid, who caught Eduardo Nunez's game-tying home run at Yankee Stadium this afternoon looked totally shocked that the ball even landed in his glove.
The Tampa Bay Rays were leading the New York Yankees, 2-1, and Rays starter James Shields was cruising along through eight innings until Nunez smacked the ball into the left field seats.
The solo shot sailed over the wall and through the outstretched hands of other fans into the possession of the closed eyes and open mitt of the youngster to tie the game. Little did he know the homer would help the Yankees clinch a playoff spot.
Later in the same inning, the Yankees Robinson Cano doubled in Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter to give New York a 4-2 lead.
The Yankees used seven pitchers before Mariano Rivera came in to close the ninth and get save No. 603.
The win helped the Yankees clinch at least a playoff berth and the demoralizing loss hurts the Rays chances to catch the Boston Red Sox.