The catch seen around the world

"I was just running around, and he (Graves) said, 'Nice catch.' I wasn't expecting that," said Johnson.

"When you make a great catch like that, you just have to (congratulate the other player)," said Graves.

Graves didn't even hesitate to congratulate Johnson. He jogged toward second base as soon as he saw the play and met Johnson there.

"I didn't even say, 'Mike, go shake his hand,'" said TVLL National manager Fred Powers. "To me, that's the epitome of sports. He didn't need to be reminded to appreciate a great play."

The sequence of events would likely have been seen only by the players, coaches and parents that watched the game had a 21-year-old recent Liberty University graduate named Bill Monthie not been there with his video camera. Monthie, who had just earned a bachelor's degree in video broadcasting, was filming the game for Colonie since his younger brother Ned was a player on the team.

"I knew (Johnson) had the ball in his sights by the look in his eyes, but what I didn't know was it was going to be a home run," said Monthie. "So, I see him go over the fence and make the play. I was shocked."

When Monthie got home, he isolated the play, added a slow-motion replay of the catch and created a file that he e-mailed to every Capital District TV station. When it arrived at Capital News 9, the station contacted Johnson and brought him into its newsroom to tape an interview.

Station assistant news director Mary Rozak said that she also mentioned the highlight during her daily conversation with producers at CNN, which wound up asking for a copy of the video. Several hours later, ESPN called and asked for a copy, which wound up airing on several of its programs including "First Take," "Baseball Tonight" and SportsCenter, where it was the No. 1 play of the day.

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