Forge Joe Mauer's hand-eye coordination, he clearly has a sixth sense or natural instinct that no other mortal human being possesses.As ridiculous as that sounds, it almost has to be true. Otherwise how can we explain what happened during the fifth inning of the Minnesota Twins game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon?
On a foul ball straight back off the bat of former teammate Denard Span, Mauer casually turned to home umpire Tim Welke for a new ball. In the same motion, Mauer instinctively puts his catcher's mitt behind his back and snatches the ball out of the air cleanly as it caromed of the stone wall behind him without looking at it.Just that calmly. Just that impossibly. Just that perfectly.