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What they were thinking: Catching a home run

Darnell McDonald, then playing right field for the Red Sox and now in town this weekend as a member of the Yankees, nearly tumbles into the Blue Jays bullpen after robbing Kelly Johnson of a home run in the ninth inning on June 27, 2012.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Darnell McDonald, then playing right field for the Red Sox and now in town this weekend as a member of the Yankees, nearly tumbles into the Blue Jays bullpen after robbing Kelly Johnson of a home run in the ninth inning on June 27, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Darnell McDonald, then playing right field for the Red Sox and now in town this weekend as a member of the Yankees, nearly tumbles into the Blue Jays bullpen after robbing Kelly Johnson of a home run in the ninth inning at Fenway Park, June 27, 2012.

McDonald: “Your first thought is to get back there to the wall. From there, I’m trying to judge my proximity to the wall and where I think the ball is going to land. I just jumped up as high as I could and you know, I was able to come down with it. A lot of times you get too close to the wall where you can’t jump, so fortunately I wasn’t that close where I could kind of catapult myself up in the air. But once I hit the wall, yeah, I definitely thought I was going over. It’s funny, you look at all the fans, different emotions on everyone’s faces, and you realize it was a great moment for myself at Fenway Park. I had botched a play before that, so when that ball came out I was going to get that ball and redeem myself no matter what. I’m honored to have put on that uniform and have that be the way I went out. It feels good.”

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