Wrigley Field fan shows off amazing arm (video)
BY DAN CAHILL | AFTERNOON SPORTS CLUB June 29, 2011 2:10PM
Updated: June 29, 2011 3:50PM
The Cubs and manager Mike Quade might want to take a closer look at a fan who showed off his amazing arm Tuesday in a 13-7 loss to San Francisco at Wrigley Field.
After the Giants’ Miguel Tejada homered into the left-field bleachers, Jordan Heim made an off-balance catch, then gathered himself and in Cubbie tradition threw a laser back to the infield that almost hit Tejada as he rounded the bases.
Heim, 22, from Walkerton, Ind., said he makes it to about three or four Cubs games a year, and this was his first home-run catch.
“I always told my family and friends that if I ever caught one, I’d throw it as far as I possibly could,” said Heim, who ran track at Bethel College in Indiana but never played baseball past Little League, where he was a third-baseman and outfielder.
The catch was almost as good as the throw.
“There had been a home run before it, so I kind of knew this one was coming at me,” Heim said. “A lot of fans around me were cheering and yelling, ‘nice throw.’”
Fifth starter? Late-inning defensive replacement for Alfonso Soriano? He couldn’t make things any worse for the Cubs.