Yankees' Gio Urshela runs full speed to catch foul ball, dives into Rays dugout: 'Very Jeter like'

The Yankees had the shift on for Rays batter Austin Meadows in the top of the sixth inning. Meadows popped the ball up in foul territory. Urshela and catcher Gary Sanchez gave chase.

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Gio Urshela ran full speed to track the ball down.

Gio Urshela ran full speed to track the ball down. (Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

It appeared Sanchez was going to let the ball drop into the Rays dugout. But Urshela sprinted near the top of the dugout, caught the ball and dove onto the Rays’ bench. The umpire ruled that Urshela caught the ball in one of the most amazing plays of the year.

Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out in the bottom of the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2021 in New York City.

Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out in the bottom of the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Urshela was limping when he exited the dugout. His catch drew a ton of reaction on social media.

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The Yankees infielder came into the game hitting .269 with a .725 OPS and 14 home runs. New York needed the out to get some momentum late in the game as it looks to wrap up an American League wild-card spot.

Jameson Taillon started the game for the Yankees.

Jameson Taillon started the game for the Yankees. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York needed to win the game to avoid a potential tiebreaker for the playoff spot. The Yankees had been trying to clinch all weekend but were in danger of being swept by the American League East champion Rays.

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