New York Yankees left fielder Dewayne Wise should be nominated for an Oscar for his role in what appeared to be anincredible catch in the stands.
Either that or he's destined for a sales position after his baseball career for convincing umpires he made the catch for the third out.
The play occurred with two outs in the seventh inning, when the Cleveland Indians' Jack Hannahan hit a pop fly toward the left field stands. Wise ran toward the ball and tumbled into the crowd in his attempt to catch the ball at Yankee Stadium.
What happens next would make five-time Academy Awards host and Yankee fan Billy Crystal proud.
Wise was helped out of the stands and immediately ran toward the dugout as if it were the third out of the inning. Umpire Mike DiMuro was fooled in thinking Wise made the catch and called it an out when he actually dropped the ball.
"What was I supposed to do, run back to left field?" Wise said. "I saw him looking at my glove so I just got up, put my head down and ran off the field."
Wise pumped his glove like the ball was in it and met shortstop Derek Jeter for a high-five.
What's odd is that Wise never was asked to show the ball. The inning was over.
"For (DiMuro) not to just ask (Wise) to see the ball, that's absolutely inexcusable and it's frustrating," said Hannahan.
Said DiMuro: "I went out on the ball and saw the ball into his glove in the stands. He disappeared into the stands, and I believed that the ball was in his glove. In hindsight, I should have asked him to show me the ball since he fell into the stands and out of my line of vision."
On the replay, it clearly showed the ball hitting the heel of Wise's glove and landing in the stands several feet away.
A lucky fan, not Wise ended up with the ball.
Vinnie Pellegrinoof West Islip, N.Y., was that fan. He gave the ball to a youngster from Denville, N.J.
Wise is known for his heroics in the outfield. He made the defensive gem of the year when he saved then-Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009 with a jaw-dropping catch to rob Gabe Kapler of a home run in the ninth inning.
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