#5: Dewayne Wise’s Catch – July 23, 2009
“The Catch” as it is called in Sox lure will go down as one of the best defensive plays. Dewayne Wise entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of 9th. Gabe Kapler of the Tampa Bay Rays got a hold of 2-2 pitch and belted it out to deep center. It was surely a home run but the center fielder came out of nowhere to make a phenomenal catch. He even bobbled the ball as he went to the ground. That catch would help secure a perfect game for Mark Buherle.
Wise was never the greatest player for the Sox, but he played really good defense. And his defense was certainly on display in this game. This play was such an important play that we actually gave it a nickname. It’s not the greatest nickname, but “The Catch” was definitely a great moment in U.S. Cellular Field history. And it’s number five on our list.
Note: I couldn’t find a video of just Wise’s catch, so this is a video of the Top 5 Catches to Preserve A Perfect Game or No Hitter. Let us know where you think this catch ranks among these.