#23 Best Plays of 2013: Crawford’s Barehanded Play

By Melissa Felkins

May 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) tries to barehand catch the ball next to relief pitcher Javier Lopez (49) against the Colorado Rockies during the eighth inning at AT

From now, until New Year’s Eve, we’ll be counting down the best plays of 2013 from the San Francisco Giants. We’ll move through the season, starting with earlier in and season, and moving down to the last month of baseball. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the best parts of the 2013 Giants season with us, while we count down some of our favorite plays.

View the full list here as it’s available: #SFGiants 25 Best Plays of 2013

Giants and Rockies games are always entertaining, but usually that entertainment has to do with balls flying out of the park and wacky 14 inning games. This time it was a defensive play that brought the entertainment. Brandon Crawford is well known for his defense, but it doesn’t make it any less fun to watch when he does something out of the ordinary. Take this barehanded play to throw out Charlie Blackmon, for instance.

The Giants won that May 16, 2013 game, 8-6 after the Rockies took an early 6-0 lead. The Giants came back with 8 unanswered runs to take the lead and win the game in Colorado. Crawford also had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 4, with a double, and 3 runs batted in. He also scored 2 runs in the victory over the Rockies.