Reed Johnson is a guy who is made for the “highlight reel”. He’s that special kind of outfielder who’s not afraid to dive, not afraid to chase a ball to the wall, not afraid to crash INTO the wall if necessary. Reed Johnson gives 100% every time.
Though he has yet to crack the Cubs lineup as an everyday starter, there’s no doubt that he’s a major contributor to the team. He gets big hits, he works counts and even “takes one for the team” if needed.
And like I said, the guy is a highlight reel in the outfield. So let’s take a look at a few of Reed Johnson’s most talked about catches as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Reed Johnson in “The Catch” against the Washington Nationals:
On April 25, 2008, a recent addition to the Chicago Cubs picked up on waivers named Reed Johnson made what is simply referred to as “The Catch”. Back then we didn’t know Reed too well but this was the night Chicago learned what type of player Reed Johnson is. He made an unbelievable catch, diving headfirst into the wall to stop what would have been a bases clearing double.
Reed Johnson Steals a Grand Slam Home Run from Prince Fielder and the Brewers
In April of 2009, the Chicago Cubs were battling their division rivals the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Cubs had a two run lead in the bottom of the fifth, but the Brewers had the bases loaded with one out and home run smasher Prince Fielder at the plate. Ryan Dempster made his pitch and from the moment Prince Fielder swung you know it was gone. It was. But it was not out of the reach of Reed Johnson. Cubs fans watched in horror as the camera panned high searching for the ball that seemed like it was shot into orbit. Running towards the wall at the bottom of the screen was Reed Johnson. He leaped, reached over the wall and stole a grand slam away from Prince Fielder. Even Prince Fielder had to admit it was an amazing play, and tipped his hat to Johnson as he walked back to the dugout.