8/11 Catch of the year

Mike Pullin of Rochelle, Ill., came to Wrigley Field on Monday night because he wanted to see the Cubs’ Javy Baez play, and the 65-year-old retiree may have made the web gem of the season.

Pullin, 65, was sitting in the last row of the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field when the Brewers’ Mark Reynolds launched a pitch from Jake Arrieta for his 20th home run in the second inning. Pullin, who brought his glove, caught the ball and avoided falling over the railing. He followed Wrigley tradition, and threw a ball back onto the field, but it wasn’t the game ball. Instead, he threw a ball that he had brought which his dog liked to play with.

“I saw the ball coming and it’s a pretty easy catch for me,” said Pullin, who played softball for 31 years, starring at first base and in left field.

He had watched a replay of his catch on his phone.

“It looks good on TV,” Pullin said. “It’s a good time, and a good reaction from the crowd.”

Pullin said he likes sitting in the last row of the bleachers for the back support, and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

— Carrie Muskat


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