Gary Sánchez making insane web gem at first base has Yankees fans reeling

What the .... what?!
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Former New York Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez has been enjoying a quietly solid season in the midwest, absolutely slugging the lights out for the Milwaukee Brewers. And would you look at that -- he's also cut back on his strikeouts.

But there's more. El Gary has logged three games at first base for the Brew Crew, which now makes sense because he was signed in the offseason despite the fact William Contreras and Eric Haase were both on the roster. Milwaukee had also signed Austin Nola to a minor-league contract.

But Sánchez, who was no stranger to "the grind" in New York, came out on top of Haase and Nola, and he's now sporting a .232/.317/.554 line with five homers and nine RBI in just 63 plate appearances. As a result, the Brewers and manager Pat Murphy are trying to get him in the lineup more often.

Such was the case Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals when Sánchez got his first career start at first base. Though the Brewers lost 6-4, Sánchez went 2-for-3 with a home run.

Oh yeah, and he did this, which had Yankees fans' jaws on the floor. All jokes aside, have we seen Anthony Rizzo make a play like this since 2022?

Gary Sánchez making insane web gem at first base has Yankees fans reeling

A full-extension dive to save a double and a mad dash to the bag to beat the lefty-hitting Kyle Isbel? Did someone slip something into our drink? That saved a run, too?! What is happening?

For the remainder of the season, it's unlikely Sánchez actually earns a ton of first base reps with Rhys Hoskins and left-slugging Jake Bauers in the picture, but he's no doubt using the start of the 2024 season to build his future value as a versatile option. If he can competently play catcher and first base, he'll have a legitimate market in the offseason.

Sánchez signed a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2025, but the 31-year-old could find himself getting a big raise with a competent campaign on both sides of the ball.

For as frustrating El Gary was as a member of the Yankees (as he eventually overstayed his welcome), New York fans are certainly hoping he finds success elsewhere after all he's been through. Turns out, he could have a longer career than many in New York expected after he started to flame out in 2020.