As an umpire, I've seen a lot of amazing plays over the years, but one of the very best I've ever seen came yesterday at Yankee Stadium.
The Twins were in a tie game, bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees had the winning run on 2nd. A ground ball up the middle was knocked down by Twins pitcher Jose Mijares and deflected back towards home plate.
Mauer scooped it up and bluffed a throw to 1st base, thinking that perhaps the runner going from 2nd to 3rd would make a big turn at 3rd and Mauer might have a chance to pick him off. Instead, the runner kept coming towards home, and Mauer had to scramble to tag him out. For Mauer, it was a great display of baseball instincts and athleticism. Watch the video HERE.
Follow-up note: My son Travis, who lives in NYC, was at the game yesterday and pronouced the new Yankee Stadium "sweet."