A little Red Sox reunion broke out in San Diego of all places on Saturday between the Dodgers and Padres.
In the bottom of the ninth of Saturday’s game between the two ball clubs, the Padres were down 2-0 but had runners at second and third with two outs, threatening to tie the game up. Padres outfielder Tommy Pham knocked a pitch into right-center field that appeared to be dropping for a hit.
However, Dodgers center fielder Mookie Betts made a diving catch, forcing the final out of the game. The sight of Betts making a spectacular catch in center field isn’t a new one for Red Sox fans, who saw Betts make similar catches over his six seasons in Boston.
There was a familiar sound to the familiar sight for Sox fans, too. Don Orsillo, who used to call Red Sox games on NESN, is now the play-by-play announcer for Padres games on Bally Sports San Diego, making him one of the announcers on the Betts’ spectacular catch. At first sight though, Orsillo didn’t think Betts caught the ball.
“Pham into righ-center field. Betts on the run. Dives and can’t make the catch! Yes he did! He made it!” Orsillo said on the call. “He made the catch in center! Unbelievable! I thought it short-hopped him, but he made the grab! Mookie Betts!”
MOOKIE BETTS IS INSANE pic.twitter.com/8GdgxQQhPx
— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken) April 18, 2021
Betts and Orsillo’s days in Boston briefly overlapped. Orsillo called Red Sox games on NESN from 2001-15 and Betts made his Red Sox debut in June 2014. Orsillo left NESN following the 2015 season after the Red Sox didn’t renew his contract and Betts was traded to Los Angles prior to the 2020 season.
Saturday’s call marks another memorable call for Orsillo on the young season. Earlier in April, he called Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter against the Texas Rangers, which was the first no-hitter in Padres history.
“It’s so exciting to be a part of it,’’ Orsillo told Boston.com’s Chad Finn of the moment. “It’s so cool, because it’s not a first for me, but its’ a first for them. I feel really lucky to be able to narrate something like that.”
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