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Get your gloves ready, folks.

With the postseason almost upon us, Canada has a reason to be excited for it this year: The Toronto Blue Jays took the American League East lead after racking up 10 straight wins earlier this month. And since everyone loves a winning team (and Toronto is in seriously short supply of those), we can probably expect to see more people jumping on the baseball bandwagon and heading out to games.

In honour of Canada’s chances of World Series glory, we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive catches (and one fantastic near miss) that we could find, so when those fly balls inevitably start hurtling into the stands at breakneck speed, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Rule #1: Keep your head in the game–literally. You might think baseball is all about hands and gloves, but a solid head can go a long way. Just watch this guy use his noggin’ to pull off a triple play!


Rule #2: Don’t drop your child to catch the ball. Seems obvious, right? But that’s exactly what this dad does, and his wife WAS NOT happy about it (plus he doesn’t even catch the ball – epic fail):


If you are holding a child, try to be more like the dad below. Not only will you go home with a game ball (and an intact marriage), you’ll wow the whole crowd while you’re at it:


Rule #3: Sports are dirty, play accordingly. Want a foul ball? Then act just as foul to get it. Dive, trip, claw – or in the case of the video below – steal. Only the strong go home with game balls, folks:


Rule #4: Do as the players do. If you’re trying to catch a ball anyway, who better to learn from then the pros right in front of you? Observe:


Rule #5: Always be on your game. When the balls start flying, you don’t want to be the one caught with your head down. Take this reporter, for instance, who was one split-second away from a concussion:


Now get training! You want to be a catcher after all, not a belly scratcher.

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