The look on Tony Kemp’s face said it all, but he shouldn’t be all that amazed that his leaping catch in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Tigers earned the A’s infielder the Electric Play of the Week Award presented by Chevrolet on Monday.
The speedy Kemp covered 13 feet in seemingly no time at all, his last few steps serving as a launching pad for a Superman-like hurtle through the air as he stretched to corral the ball.
The fans cheered, despite the play coming against the home team. Jeimer Candelario looked on in disbelief. And Kemp just sat on his behind in the grass, ball in glove and looked around in pure amazement as he soaked up the moment with a reaction that will no doubt be a popular A’s GIF for years to come.
“Honestly, I shocked myself. I’m not gonna lie,” Kemp said after the A’s won, 4-1, in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Comerica Park. “The natural reaction you see right there is what you get.”