Game of the Year 2021: Josh Rojas steals Tatis


First, an adjustment to the previously mentioned schedule for rewards. While we still do them weekly, the schedule going forward will be Wednesday = nominations feed; Friday = ballot; Monday = winner announced. This is to adapt to regular SnakePit activities like the Round Table.

Either way, the top prize goes, as stated, to Josh Rojas winning a home run against Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres. It was a pretty close race, with opinions divided among the six contestants. Rojas only needed a third of the ballots to be victorious, edging just ahead of the combined relay against the Rockies, which was nominated by 28% of voters. It might not have been the most game-changing game – it came in the eighth inning, with the Padres already 8-3 – but, in some ways, it makes Rojas’ effort d ‘all the more commendable. It would have been easy to make a token effort and save energy for another time. Maybe in September, when the losses were over 100, he would have done it?

It was good enough to win the MLB Game of the Week award, the first time it has been awarded to a Diamondback, since its inception in 2019. The image (above) makes Rojas look like grabbed it with his eyes closed, but the player says it wasn’t. “I swear I saw it all along, but I guess I closed my eyes when I hit the wall.” After the game, he said the key factors to remember and catch were “just the timing, not getting too close to the wall, giving yourself some space. And, I guess, close your eyes. I didn’t know my eyes were closing. Don’t try this at home, folks. The SnakePit accepts no responsibility … Here are some more thoughts from Rojas on the play.

“I just knew I was near the wall, and I knew I could jump and grab it from where I was, so I didn’t want to get too close to the wall and get hung up. So I just jumped from where I was and then once I grabbed it and hit the wall, that’s when I realized it would actually be a circuit. But right off the bat and even tracking him down, I wasn’t sure if he was going to go away for sure or not.
– Josh Rojas

Even though not everyone was entirely Satisfied with the catch, Barstool Sports sarcastically said, “Who does Josh Rojas think he is for?” Stealing Us Another Highlight From Tatis Jr. Josh Rojas is a fun, clear and simple sucker, “before acknowledging that it was, in fact, a” great “piece. [This was clearly back before Tatis got infected with the dickheadius machadoii virus] Indeed, it has now also been immortalized by Topps on a collectible card. Complete with Rojas’ eyes closed.

We’ll be back on Wednesday with the single game of the year performance nominations. I wonder what could win this? 🙂


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