More Superman moments
Pillar didn’t get his name for making two wall-climbing catches. When you look back on his time with the Blue Jays, it was almost like he would make a spectacular play every game.
Some might say he didn’t take the best path to the ball on some of his diving catches but if you look at the plays he made, you can’t deny he did everything he could to make a play. There are so many plays that were deserving of being included but it is easier to highlight the best ones.
Here is a catch where the Blue Jays were in danger of giving up runs and Pillar looked to be in trouble and he made a last-second leap to get the ball on the warning track. If he misses it, the Cleveland Indians score a run or two on the play.
This play below was a big one given the context of the situation. Mark Buehrle was trying to reach 200 innings for 15 straight seasons and Pillar was going to do what he could to get it done. Unfortunately, in his next start, Buehrle wasn’t able to get out of the first inning and his streak would be snapped.
This brings us back to the 2015 season where the Blue Jays were prepping for their postseason run and what was impressive about this play was that it didn’t look like Pillar wasn’t going to be able to get it. Not only did he make a great leap but he was able to keep the ball in his glove earning a nice grin from his starting pitcher.
First throw out at home
Something about Pillar and Buehrle working together on an out brings back some memories and in this situation, Pillar was still in a corner outfield spot. The Red Sox got a base hit but Pillar was able to pick up the ball on a hop to gun out Dustin Pedroia at the plate.
This was the first time Pillar had thrown out a runner at the plate it wouldn’t be the last.