Popping the ball straight up is one of the most embarrassing things that a batter can do. They can be absolved, though, if the catcher fails to make the catch in foul territory. This video features MLB catcher Josh Bard explaining his approach to catch pop flies. If he can do it in front of 50000 screaming Yankees fans, you should be able to do it yourself in a more easy-to-master situation.
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