March 6, 2013
Aftermath of ‘The Catch’
By Phil Stanton
been a week since NC State centerfielder Brett Williams (left)
incredible somersault catch against New Mexico State. And
it’s been seen by millions of people across the world.
Williams, a senior from New Bern, N.C., describes
“I was playing him slightly toward the
left-center gap,” Williams said. “I was playing a little more
shallow than usual. I had a long run for it; I got a good jump
on it and took a good angle at it. It was a little bit out of my
reach, so I left my feet, and I guess my momentum carried my
body over into a flip. It turned out good because I was able to
get a smooth landing and rolled over onto my feet. It looked
pretty cool, and it was a more efficient way of getting up
quicker after a diving catch.”
Williams is among those who have seen the replay,
a replay that shows a ball destined for a double. Instead,
Williams races to his right and dives in mid-air, a
full-extension dive that turns into a near-flip after he makes
“I’ve seen it quite a few times now,” Williams
said. “Everybody brings it up to me, ‘Hey man, watch this,’ like
I’ve never seen it before. I thought it looked pretty cool. It
looked kind of how I expected it to. It still hasn’t gotten old
As impressive as it was, it’s not No. 1 on
Williams’ all-time list.
He recalls a catch against Florida State in the
ACC Tournament two years ago.
“Because of the ground I had to cover and the
distance of the dive,” Williams said. “It was more difficult.
This one just looked a little bit cooler, I think.”
catch” has been one of the top plays in 2013. It has been viewed
more than 4 million times on YouTube and has been replayed on
numerous sports shows and websites and even on mainstream news
programs, including CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf
“I wasn’t expecting anywhere near this reaction,”
Williams said. “After the first one, which was No. 1 on
SportsCenter, I think I got just over 10,000 views on YouTube.
I’ve talked to about everybody I’ve ever known that saw the
catch and that’s pretty cool. I didn’t expect quite this much,
seeing it on MLB Network and all the interviews. It’s been
exciting. It’s been fun. No way did I expect this much.
“The craziest thing to me was seeing the catch on
Good Morning America and my sister, who’s in high school
at New Bern High School, she just happened to be on a school
field trip to New York and was at Good Morning America.
That was a pretty crazy coincidence.”
Williams is happy to be back on the field after
missing the 2012 season with a knee injury.
“I feel great,” Williams said. “I still get sore
after playing as much as we have been recently. We’ve come off
playing something like 10 games in 12 days. We’ve got another
long stretch coming. My knee feels great. It’s to be expected to
feel a little sore. I feel as fast as I ever have been.”
(photos courtesy of NCSU Media