15 Most Incredible Baseball Photos of 2011
Baseball had an amazing 2011.
From Justin Verlander's dominance on the mound to Matt Kemp's run at a triple crown; from three no-hitters to Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit; and from the St. Louis Cardinals' surprising World Series title to Ryan Braun's amazing season turned dark with reports of positive drug test, it's been a wild year for America's pastime.
But what about the lasting images of 2011?
Take a look below at the 15 most remarkable baseball photos of the year.
15. The Grandy-Man Can
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson makes a sick diving catch against the Tigers on Opening Day in the Bronx.
14. Play at the Plate
Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks slides safely past Cubs catcher Geovany Soto.
13. Phillie Mob
Phillies teammates wait at home plate as Raul Ibanez rounds the bases after smacking a walk-off home run to beat the Atlanta Braves on July 8.
12. Just Like Brian Wilson Did
San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson arrives in style—er, a skintight, spandex tuxedo—at The 2011 ESPY Awards in L.A. on July 13.
11. Upset in the City
Disgruntled Mets fans—upset with the impending loss of free agent-to-be Jose Reyes—express their anger while sitting alone in the upper deck at Citi Field on Sept. 28.
10. Diving Effort
Astros center fielder Michael Bourn tries valiantly, but can't come up with the catch on a falling line drive off the bat of Pirates slugger Garrett Jones.
9. Losing His Grip
The bat of Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton soars through the air with the greatest of ease—on its way to hitting a fan—after Hamilton lost his handle during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Tigers.
8. This Is My Fielding Face
Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist bobbles a ground ball but ends up getting an out against the Red Sox on April 11 at Fenway Park.
7. Watchful Eyes
Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo catches a fly ball against a threatening backdrop during an early March Grapefruit League Game in Bradenton, Fla.
6. Beastly Brewer
Milwaukee's Nyjer Morgan—aka, "T Plush"—sends a shout-out to his teammates after doubling against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS.
5. Night Skies
Maicer Izturis of the Angels warms up in the on-deck circle before leading off against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Sept. 17.
4. Powerade Bath
Blue Jays rookie Brett Lawrie is doused by J.P. Arencibia after picking up two hits in his major league debut, a 5-4 Toronto victory on Aug. 5.
3. Boston Brawling
David Ortiz of the Red Sox and Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg do a little dancing as the benches clear at Fenway Park on July 8.
2. Game of Shadows
Milwaukee's Yuniesky Betancourt smacks a triple against the Diamondbacks through the wild light and shadow configuration at Miller Park.
1. Strong-Willed St. Louis Sky
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley takes a stroll to the on-deck circle during a game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 21.
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