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Greatest home run stealing catch of all time: Austin Jackson or Gary Matthews Jr.?

In a heated battle with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians centerfielder Austin Jackson made an acrobatic catch to steal a home run from Hanley Ramirez. Jackson caught the ball while flipping into the Red Sox bullpen, sending Twitter into a frenzy. However, Gary Matthews Jr. made one of the most athletic catches in 2006 while robbing Mike Lamb of a home run. What do you think? 

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Gary Matthews Jr. had a nice running catch, but the degree of difficulty in regards to Austin Jackson's catch is astronomical. Not only did he track the ball all the way to the short wall in centerfield, he knowingly sacrificed his body to make the catch, flipping over the wall to secure the out. 

Hanley Ramirez's would-be home run would have brought the Boston Red Sox within one run of the Indians. However, Jackson's incredible flip held them off for a little longer.

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People are flipping out over Austin Jackson's flip over the wall. It's cute, but it doesn't compare to the greatest catch of all time. Gary Matthews Jr. robbed a home run from Houston Astros hitter Mike Lamb by climbing over a much taller wall in centerfield. 

Not only did he get some serious vert on his jump, he had to twist his body 360 degrees, and make the catch without going to his backhand. Flipping over a wall takes sacrifice, but Matthews' catch takes a special amount of skil. 

That's why it is the greatest homer-stealing catch ever.

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Greatest home run stealing catch of all time: Austin Jackson or Gary Matthews Jr.?
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