The backstory on the baseball fence jump catch that went viral

The backstory on the baseball fence jump catch that went viral

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by By Michael Berk

kgw.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 1 at 5:58 AM

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Derrick Salberg’s catch for Lower Columbia College, will be told at David Story Field for generations to come.

But this story would’ve been somewhat unbelievable, if not for the illustration.

“I watched it on SportsCenter later that night and said ‘that’s my clip’” said Brian Norman, the proud volunteer cameraman who happened to be working his first and only game of the season for KLTV of Longview, Wash.

Salberg’s catch went viral with more than 1,000,000 Internet views within a few days. It was ESPN’s top play of the weekend. And it’s one of those plays, which will live forever. Video Journalists can work a lifetime and never point their camera in the direction of a moment like this.

KGW’s Cory Long was fortunate to have done it once. 21-years ago at the old Civic Stadium in Portland, an outfielder ran through the wall.

Long knew he shot gold.

“Once the play was over with I rewound it, and watched it and realized, ‘this is the shot,’” Long said.

It took Brian Norman just one game to get his shot. The aspiring film maker couldn’t get that kind of script past Hollywood producers.

“It’s certainly not what I would’ve predicted, and I had no idea it would blow up like it did,” he said, but I’m glad the outcome is turning out the way it is.”

So is Derrick Salberg. “The whole experience has been surreal,” Salberg said. That’s exactly how this story would’ve sounded, if not for Brian Norman’s illustration.

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