With a perfect game on the line, the third baseman helped get one out with an impressive play.
Josh Donaldson has certainly been having an All Star caliber season and is only a few votes off the lead for the starting third base spot. He might have just found the late boost he needs after making arguably the league’s best catch of the year. In the top of the eighth inning with a perfect game in the work, the Rays’ David DeJesus came up to bat hoping to break it up. He fouled a ball off into the stands by third base.
Instead of letting the fans fight for the ball, Josh Donaldson ran over to the seats and leaped into them, and came down with the catch. He had to dive a few rows into the stands to come up with the ball, but it kept the perfect game intact. That is, until the next batter outran an infield grounder for a single. Yet, the Donaldson play remains the highlight of the game and possibly the defensive play of the year. It certainly invokes memories of Jeter’s catch in 2004, where he also ended up in the stands with the fans.
Take a look below and compare Donaldson's catch to Jeter's: