CHICAGO — The catch itself was something to remember, but it's what Kyle Farmer remembered that made it terrifying.
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In the eighth inning of Tuesday's win over the Cubs, Farmer (Reds shortstop) ran toward the outfield, with eyes on the high-hit baseball.
It was in this moment that he remembered a terrible moment from his college baseball career.
"Whenever that ball is hit in the air, I have flashbacks," Farmer said.
In 2011, fellow University of Georgia player Johnathan Taylor broke his neck when he collided with a teammate on a similar play.
Farmer said that making the catch Tuesday night helped him overcome a major mental hurdle.
"You don't know where the outfielders are," Farmer said. "You have to trust your instincts and go for it. It's tough, but I had to overcome it."
The Reds won Tuesday's game 4-3 over the Cubs.