Boston Red Sox: The night Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed Aaron Judge of home run

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 29: Jackie Bradley Jr.
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 29: Jackie Bradley Jr. /

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered the catch of the year robbing New York Yankees slugger of a home run.

Though his offense remains stuck in a sandpit of inconsistency, Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to show how valuable he is to the Boston Red Sox with his glove.

In the team’s 3-0 shutout victory over the New York Yankees, the center fielder helped secure the gem pitched by David Price with stellar defense.

He electrified the Fenway faithful with this catch off the bat of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

Already labeled as the catch of the year, Bradley made the play with ease.  In fact, Price thought it was out of the ballpark as soon as Judge made contact.  It actually sounded like it was trouble from the start.

"“I didn’t think it was going into the bullpen,” Price said, via the Boston Herald.  “I thought it was going to hit the JumboTron, to be honest.  That’s the loudest ball I’ve heard.  I’m pretty sure the wind was blowing in tonight.  That’s the only reason why that ball stayed in, other than Jackie.  That was special.”"

Bradley Jr’s leaping catch to rob Judge of a homerun kept the Yankees from climbing back in the game.  It also helped preserve one of the best games David Price has pitched for the Boston Red Sox.

Timing is everything

So, how did the outfielder feel about his amazing catch?  “Special,” was the only word he could use to describe the feeling of the moment.

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"“It was special,” Bradley said.  “You could feel the energy.  It was a lot of fun, especially with the way momentum was heading our way, and just to be able to take one back.  It was cool.”"

As cool as it was for Red Sox fans to see, it was just as frustrating for Judge and Yankees fans to watch.  New York could’ve climbed back in the game with a two-run blast, instead Bradley Jr. climbed the air to keep the Red Sox in control of the game and the American League East.

Following the game could only give credit to timing for his ability to take one away from the Home Run Derby champion.

"“It’s one of those balls you just try to time up,” Bradley said, via WEEI.  “Those are the type of plays, they rarely happen.  A lot of different things got to the right way.  Gotta be just far enough over the wall, but short enough where you can grab it.  And you’ve got to be able to get back there in time.”"

While Jackie Bradley Jr. has made many dynamic defensive plays in the outfield, the one on Sunday night will go down as the most memorable.

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More so, because of the player who hit the blast and the team it was against.