Dennis Eckersley snagged a foul ball during Thursday’s telecast

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The Red Sox hosted the White Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday afternoon for the finale of their four-game series. The Red Sox were trying to stave off a sweep and would do so in walk-off fashion, beating the Pale Hose 8-7.

During the telecast, NESN broadcaster Dennis Eckersley snagged a Dustin Pedroia. foul ball that landed in the booth. It appeared to carom off of the windowsill, bounce off the wall, and into Eckersley’s waiting hands.

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While Eckersley deserves many kudos for his heads-up grab, nothing will top Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy’s catch of a home run in June 2014. They were doing a special broadcast out in left-center field. Freddie Freeman drilled a Kyle Kendrick fastball right towards McCarthy and fellow broadcasters Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer. McCarthy caught it, then as is customary in ballparks across the nation, he hurled the opposing team’s home run ball back onto the field.

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Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.