More on Escobar's amazing play

Yunel Escobar flips the ball back to Ben Zobrist.

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Yunel Escobar flips the ball back to Ben Zobrist.

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How exactly did Rays SS Yunel Escobar make that amazing play Wednesday night?

It just happened, he said.  

"I don't plan on doing stuff like that," Escobar said, with bench coach Dave Martinez interpreting. "It's just kind of a reaction play. I'm just glad (2B Ben) Zobrist was ready."

Escobar went to his left to snare Dustin Pedroia's grounder then in one smooth motion flipped it behind his back directly from his glove to Zobrist, who made a barehanded grab and relayed to first.

Rays pitcher David Price called it "the best play I've ever seen behind me" and led the cheers on the field.

Manager Joe Maddon raved as well, saying it was another example of Escobar's instincts and natural ability.

"I talked about it in spring training, that this guy us capable of winning a Gold Glove," Maddon said. "I think he's showing that right now."

Escobar said he made a similar play once before when he was with Toronto, and he felt it was the only way to make the play Wednesday.

"If I had to turn to flip him the ball the normal way, we wouldn't have turned two," Escobar said. "It's definitely one of the better plays I've ever made. And to come at a moment like it was today and help us win when we're playing Boston, it was a great feeling."

Escobar got plenty of love from his teammates for the play, as well as top billing on ESPN's SportsCenter top plays.

"I love to put on a show," he said. "That's the fun of me playing the game. I enjoy it and I'm happy we're winning."

[Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:32am]

    

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