Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez almost made what would have been a candidate for catch of the year on Saturday night when he scaled the center field wall to try and rob A.J. Pierzynski of a solo home run. But instead, a Rangers fan sitting by Greene's Hill in Rangers Ballpark was there to rob Gutierrez.
In the bottom of the fourth inning with the game scoreless, Pierzynski crushed an offspeed pitch from Mariners starter Brandon Maurer to deep center field. Gutierrez tracked it down, climbed the fence and reached over to try and make the catch. But the fan, Trent Williams who has been nicknamed "Greene's Hill Kid" for catching home runs, ran over and went for the ball as well.
Williams reached over the railing behind the center field wall and snagged the ball away from Gutierrez. Then he immediately broke out the "Gangnam Style" dance.
The umpires ruled it a home run and Seattle manager Eric Wedge agreed with the call.
"Guti said he probably would have had it, but there was somebody else out there that got it before him," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge after the game, via Greg Johns of MLB.com. "If it's over the fence, that's just whoever comes up with it, comes up with it. There's nothing else we can do about it. But it was potentially a great catch by him. I think he had a chance at it."
The Rangers went on to win 5-0.