Thanks to his great speed and willingness to sacrifice his body, Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton may have wrapped up the Play of the Year race Saturday against the Houston Astros.
With a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Houston left fielder Jake Marisnick sent a drive to deep right-center field. It looked like it was going to extend the Astros' lead, but nobody in the majors covers more ground than Hamilton.
The Cincinnati speedster, playing in just his second game since returning from the seven-day concussion list, ran down the fly ball and laid out for it. Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was backing up his teammate, but that turned out to be unnecessary.
Hamilton had everything under control.
The fastest player in the big leagues, Hamilton crashed into a "Freaky Fast" Jimmy John's advertisement after making the grab. Perhaps there's some sort of endorsement deal he can work out with the sandwich shop.
Hamilton's unbelievable catch robbed Houston of at least one run, but the Astros won 5-4 in 11 innings.