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Jackie Bradley Jr. explains how he robbed Aaron Judge of home run

Ryan Hannable
July 17, 2017 - 12:24 am

In the eighth inning of Sunday night's 3-0 win over the Yankees, it looked like the Yankees were about to make it a one-run game as Aaron Judge crushed one to the triangle in right-center with a runner on base, but Jackie Bradley Jr. jumped as high as he could against the wall to rob him of a homer.

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It was one of the better catches of the year at Fenway Park and drew a monstrous ovation from the sellout crowd, but Bradley Jr. himself sort of downplayed the catch.

“I don’t really have a ranking system, but I wouldn’t say it was the most difficult catch I’ve ever made," he said. "But I guess given the situation and the timing, it’s pretty high up there.”

Added Bradley Jr.: “It’s one of those balls you just try to time up. It was in the air. Those are the type of plays, they rarely happen. A lot of different things got to go 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.”

Mookie Betts, who had one of the better views of the catch from right field, wasn't all that surprised by it given he plays with him every day.

"I think being there day in and day out I kind of get spoiled and expect stuff like that," he said. "Coming in that spot was huge and it was just fun to be part of that."

The catch preserved the shutout for starter David Price, who off the bat immediately thought it was gone.

“I didn’t think it was going in the bullpen. I thought it was going to hit the jumbotron to be honest," he said. "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.”

The crowd went crazy after the catch, generating by far the loudest cheer of the night.

"It was great," Betts said. "It actually made the hair stand up on my arms. It was electric. It was just a fun moment to be apart of."

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