Hunter Refrow saw what Hunter Renfroe did in the Tampa Bay Rays’ ALCS game — and he was impressed.
Game recognize game, as they say. Hunter Renfrow recognize Hunter Renfroe, too.
This is about to get a little more complicated.
Hunter Renfrow is a wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders, if you don’t follow the pigskin-egg sport closely. He had 49 receptions last year and is on 17 through five weeks this season. He “has some of the best hands in the league,” at least according to the Raiders’ site.
Hunter Refroe is an outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tuesday, in Game 3 of the ALCS, he was in right field. In the sixth inning, Houston’s George Springer hit a fly ball that sent Renfroe on a 63-foot trip in a time less than four seconds, culminated with a dive.
He made the catch.
The Rays’ social media team made its money.
Hunter Refnroe of the Tampa Bay Rays makes a diving catch (video)
Refrow, the football player, enjoyed it, too.
Renfroe joined a long list of Rays players who have done something significant defensively in the past few days — or, well, months and at times, years.
Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was again showing off his abilities with a leaping catch at the wall that possibly saved a home run, then a later diving catch that saved at least one run.
A day before, Manuel Margot toppled over the right-field wall making a catch on a foul ball. He held on.
And, well, basically everyone else was robbing the Astros at some occasion or other, a fun bit of cosmic fate that has likely given baseball fans everywhere quite a smile.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Renfroe and Renfrow have met before (with a hat-tip to Jessica Kleinschmidt at NBC Sports Bay Area for this find.)
The two posed together last year when Refroe, then with the Padres, played at Oracle Park in San Francisco.