Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton just made one of the catches of the year, with a jumping, over-the-head basket catch into the wall.

I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe this, because there’s really no precedent to describe what Hamilton did, so just watch.

And here’s another angle in GIF form.

First, let me say that this was an awesome-looking catch. Now let me be a buzzkill and say that Hamilton made that a lot harder than he needed to. This isn’t a bad thing — we all got to see an awesome catch, so everyone wins— but Hamilton probably could have made that easier on himself.

But he didn’t, and by raising the difficulty, he made one of the catches of the year. Thanks for making things difficult, Billy.

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Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.