Dan Majerle was no stranger to catching a bounce pass or two at US Airways Center back in the day or making the big play from “downtown.” He probably didn’t expect to have to do it again as a fan this past weekend though.
“Thunder”, we can call him that because we know him, became the center of attention in a different downtown venue Saturday night for showing off his catching abilities. During the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Diamondbacks-Giants game at Chase Field the former Suns guard, and current assistant coach, made a one-handed grab of a ball while grabbing something to eat.
While standing in the pool area near the right field wall, Majerle, while holding a plate of food, made the one-handed snag of a Gerado Parra ground-rule double that was smoked and found its way into the stands off of one bounce. Oh, and he did it without dropping anything off his plate.
Not to be outdone, later that evening Suns head coach Alvin Gentry tried to match the feat. He made an impressive grab of his own at the Arizona Rattlers game at US Airways Center just a few hours later.
While sitting behind the wall in the north endzone, Gentry caught an errant pass on the fly (you’ll have to take our word for it as no video is available, we saw it first hand).
We won’t say which one we thought made the better play, mostly because we don’t want to cause any friction, but we’ll say this, we never would have guessed some of the best hands on the team may be wearing suits on the bench.
BONUS: Here’s an animated gif of “Thunder” Dan’s impressive catch and his subsequent hamming it up for the camera.