Fans were left stunned after Toronto Blue Jays' third baseman, Matt Chapman, showed defensive mastery with a huge double play against the Boston Red Sox.
The Blue Jays posted the play to their Twitter account, and all who saw it were absolutely astounded.
Magic was the perfect word to describe this play. A diving grab into a behind-the-back throw for an inning-ending double play is special. Fans immediately knew they had witnessed an amazing play.
Defensive highlights don't always get their due appreciation, but this was recognized for the brilliant play that it was.
Plays like this are a huge part of why the Toronto Blue Jays brought Matt Chapman in during the offseason. Having a defensive stalwart in the infield gives the pitchers a lot of confidence in the players behind them. A play like this against the Boston Red Sox further proves that point.
This is a play that will not be forgotten by the Toronto Blue Jays faithful anytime soon. When the season ends, don't be surprised if you find it among the best plays of 2022.
Chapman was a three-time Gold Glove winner with the Oakland Athletics, so this is par for the course. If he is able to keep making plays like this over the coming weeks, he could easily claim his fourth.
Toronto Blue Jays need every win possible in pursuit of a wildcard playoff spot
The American League East is seemingly out of reach with the New York Yankees running away with the crown. That means the Blue Jays' best path to the postseason is the wildcard round. With the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays currently ahead in the standings, this is almost a must-win game. With only a little over a month left in the season, every game's importance has multiplied.
As the Blue Jays continue to make their postseason push, plays like this from Matt Chapman will help get them there.