Gabe Gross was in right field, and he said the thing he admired most about the catch was what happened after the play.
"Most people catch that and just kill themselves against the wall," Gross said. "He had enough wherewithal to know where he was, catch it and get himself into a position where he didn't kill himself. It was pretty special. And the fact he caught that with the last inch of his glove. He stuck it out there and that ball just did find his glove."
When asked about what was going through his mind, Upton said, "You're taught to go get it.
"And that's what I'm out there to do, catch the ball. No matter how you catch it or how it looks, you've got to catch the ball."
Upton is in his second year of playing center field, which actually made Tuesday night's catch a lot more difficult.
"Last year, I was playing a lot deeper, so [the catch] might have been a little easier," Upton said. "I'm definitely playing more shallow this year, so that probably made the catch a little tougher."
A standing rule for playing center field is, the faster you are, the more shallow you can play for the simple reason you can take away more hits in front of you.
"Normally, if a ball is hit over your head, it's hit pretty well and it would be a hit anyway," Upton said. "Catch what can be caught. If it's a hit, it's a hit."
The fans cheered Upton's catch, which brought a contrast to the jeers that Upton has received on occasion for a perceived lack of effort. Pena believes Upton gets a bad rap regarding his hustle or perceived lack of hustle because of his athleticism and the ease with which he plays the position.
"He has such smooth strides, and it may look like he's not trying just because it looks so easy, when in reality, he's flying, he's flying," Pena said. "Just try and run beside him, he'll just blow you away."