For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#11 – Victor’s circus play
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When you hear the words “Victor Martinez,” the images that come to mind are “good hitter,” “pretty swing,” and “adorable son.” Rarely, does one think “athletic defender,” but he we are. The game was wonderfully weird. There was a botched double play because the Red Sox tagged two Tigers out of order and an Avi Garcia double on a ball that Daniel Nava quite simply caught. But the play of the day, and the 11th best moment of the year, was this ridiculous play by VMart. He dives to his left to knock the ball down, goes after the ball as it rolls away, and then gives a perfect, back-handed flip to Smyly who was on the play the entire way. Just watch this thing a few times and bask in it’s glory.