Denard Span Video: Watch Nationals Outfielder End Game with Amazing Diving Catch

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 14, 2013

Washington Nationals fans will regard Denard Span as a demigod after the catch he made to save the game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

After back-to-back singles, the Giants trailed just 6-5 and had runners on first and second when Hunter Pence stepped up to the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth.

Batting .282 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI, Pence has been having another solid season, and it looked like he added to it on Wednesday night. He smacked the ball to center field, with the ball heading toward a point just feet in front of the wall.

Enter Denard Span.

Span comes out of nowhere like a bat out of hell, and he dives to make an incredible catch to end the game.

Had the ball landed before Span got there, the Giants would've likely taken the lead, as the runner on first would have had a great chance to score with Span on the ground in deep center field.

Span saved the game for the Nats, ensuring the team extended its win streak to five games.


This catch was just unreal, and seeing as it ended the game, it's hard to think of a play that could unseat this as the play of the day.


— No, Nats, nooo! (@GoNationalsGo) August 15, 2013

Fans were shocked to see Span make this catch, to say the least.


— Max Duchaine (@maxduchaine) August 15, 2013

The Nats were just as pumped as the fans were, and they finally had some fun again in Washington after essentially falling out of the playoff race.

Denard Span sprints away from the possible Gatorade bath.

— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 15, 2013

I love how pumped @Bharper3407 is about @thisisdspan's insane catch. The fun is back. #nats

— Beth Dahlman (@Minnesota_Nicer) August 15, 2013

This isn't the first time we've seen Span make a great catch, either. He's given himself a reputation as a human vacuum in the outfield, cleaning up all kinds of messes left to him by pitchers.


Just another day at the ballpark for Span, but for the rest of us, this is pure poetry.