Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune
Benson's catch is a stunner as Twins beat Boston 2-1
- Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III
- Star Tribune
- March 17, 2012 - 10:04 AM
FORT MYERS, FLA. — There was plenty of good pitching and one big defensive play in the Twins 2-1 victory over Boston in the evening split-squad game at JetBlue Park.
Joe Benson made one of the best catches of the spring when he covered a massive amount of ground to haul in David Ortiz's drive in the fourth. The field is copy of Fenway Park, and Ortiz's drive was headed for the famous triangle in center field, where wall is 420 feet from home plate.
"During BP I tracked some down in that corner and I was hoping I was going to get one in the game,'' Benson said. "It was a new park. It gets deep in that corner. I actually thought I was going to run into that sidewall but the ball drifted to my left and I caught it over my shoulder."
Benson caught the ball Willie Mays-style, as he reached over his shoulder for the catch.
"I'm not going to lie,'' he said. "I kind of stabbed at that one. I put my head down to make sure I could get back there and when I looked back up, I just kind of reached up with my glove and it fell in."
Ortiz stopped between first and second base and tipped his helmet toward Benson, who also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
"How about that?" Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "Spring training. You won't see any better. That kid looks like a player.''
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