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Rockies keep Barmes’ big catch a mystery

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post
(HC)Colorado Rockies 2nd baseman Clint Barmes catches the ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Ludwick and makes double play in the end of the game at Coors Field on Sunday. Rockies won 4-3. Denver Post / Hyoung Chang

Monday, The Catch joined the The Slide in Rockies’ memorable moments shrouded in mystery.

Photos taken by The Denver Post and a spectator in the right-field stands at Coors Field during Sunday’s dramatic 4-3 victory over the Cardinals reveal that second baseman Clint Barmes bobbled the final pop-up, with one picture showing the baseball on the outfield grass.

Barmes rolled on the grass, jumped to his feet and fired to first to double off Albert Pujols to end the game.

But did he catch the ball?

“Only me and Barmes know the truth. It’s the same as (Matt) Holliday touching home plate,” outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said Monday of the controversial slide that that clinched the Rockies’ 2007 playoff berth. “It’s better that it’s (mysterious).”

Barmes could not be reached Monday, but he said after Sunday’s game, “It all happened so fast. …I think as I was going down it hit my glove and then it went across my body or something. I don’t know. I know I came up with it in my bare hand.”

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was running out toward the second baseman on the play, was surprised Monday to learn of the fuss. Told of the photos, he said, “Really, that’s weird.”

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