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August 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

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Two amazing catches that will change your life

Posted by Jerry Brewer

REMINDER: I'll be hosting a live chat at 11 a.m. today in this blog. Check it out. Bring your questions. Bring your friends (not the ones who break stuff, though). We'll have a good time.

EMBED-Spiderman Style Baseball Catch - Watch more free videos

OK, that headline is ridiculously bombastic, but before you go accusing me of overdosing on Pete Carroll, I did it for a reason.

While working on this blog post, The Missus chimed in with an instant message: "greatest web tease ever: Four haircuts that will change your life."

I asked if she clicked on it. "Oh, yes," she wrote. "And they *would* change my life, but only because they're so terrible!"

So, to prove that we're not above title-teasing cons at The Brewery, I figured I'd dabble in some pretentiousness. Did it work?

Seriously, in the past week, I've watched two of the greatest catches I've ever seen. The first one (in the video above) comes from Japan, where Hiroshima Toyo Carp's Masato Akamatsu did his best Spiderman impression to steal a homer from Yokohoma's Shuichi Murata. I first saw this video on the Big League Stew, my good friend Kevin Kaduk's incredible baseball blog at Larry Stone, the Times' baseball savant, pointed it out.

Minutes later, we witnessed a pretty amazing home run-stealing snag by Franklin Gutierrez but joked, "He's got nothing on Spiderman!"

We can't talk about incredible catches without also giving a nod to the display of Ultimate Frisbee glory embedded below. The catch happened during a world championship in Prague. And it came from Andrew Fleming, a local guy. Last Friday, Hot Shot Scott interviewed him on 950 KJR-AM.

Notice the amazing extension on the catch. But did he drop it at the end? Like many great plays, it comes with a "Can you believe it?" question attached. It only makes it more interesting.

Has your life changed yet?

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