NEW YORK -- Mike McCoy likely would have felt better if the Blue Jays came away with a victory, but he still had reason to smile on Saturday afternoon following a 5-4 loss to the Yankees.
McCoy recorded the first home run of his Major League career and also made a highlight-reel catch in what will go down as one of the most memorable games of his career.
"I think it was pretty cool and to do it here is a pretty special moment," McCoy said of playing in the Bronx.
McCoy's home run came on a 1-0 pitch from right-hander A.J. Burnett to lead off the fifth. It was the first time in 119 at-bats the utility man went deep, and he did it with a no-doubter that went well over the wall in left field.
Even though the season is just 27 games old, McCoy is already on his third stint with the Blue Jays. He has bounced back and forth between Toronto and Triple-A Las Vegas while filling the void for a series of injuries that have plagued the team.
"He got a fastball up, middle of the plate and obviously turned on it," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said of McCoy's first home run. "He gives us some energy, he gives us the ability to do some things on the basepaths and he has done a very good job here."
McCoy was able to retrieve the baseball after it was thrown back onto the field by a Yankees fan. He said he doesn't have any special plans, but will add it to his collection alongside the baseball he has from his first hit in the Major Leagues.
The 30-year-old's standout performance didn't stop with the home run. In the bottom of the seventh inning, McCoy ranged into shallow right field to track a fly ball.
McCoy had his back to the play as he ran, but still managed to make a sliding basket catch. He then made a quick throw to first to record a double play on Robinson Cano, who assumed the ball would drop for a hit and strayed too far from the base.
"I just put my head down at first and ran and picked it up," said McCoy, who is hitting .235 this season. "I thought I was offline, and I kind of just changed direction a little and it went in my glove."
So which play had more meaning? That wasn't a difficult one for McCoy to answer.
"I take a lot of pride in my defense," McCoy said. "I think it's one of the things that got me to the big leagues so I love that. But I can't give back that homer."