Jason Heyward was again the center of attention Monday night.
The Braves were leading the New York Mets, 2-1, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and runners on first and second. Keep in mind, the Braves had just taken the lead in the top half of the inning.
Mets infielder Justin Turner hit a shot to left-center field only to see Heyward make a spectacular diving catch on the turf at Cit Field.
The full video of his incredible catch can be seen at MLB.com.
What makes it even more amazing is the fact that Heyward wasn't playing in his normal position of right field due to B.J. Upton's recent trip to the disabled list.
Naturally, the Twittersphere reacted:
Heyward went from the freakin' right-center gap to the left-center gap to catch that.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 23, 2013
Heyward himself was back in the starting lineup for the first time since a July 11 injury sliding into third base.
Braves beat writer Mark Bowman provided us with the following reactions from Heyward and left fielder Reed Johnson on the catch:
Heyward on decision to dive: "If I try to play it on the hop, it probably gets by me. So the safe way there was probably not the best."— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 23, 2013
R. Johnson on Heyward's catch: "I said I was going to cry either way, whether he caught it or not. Happy tears is a good thing." #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 23, 2013