A few weeks ago, Afonso Soriano said he was dropping the hop, yet a couple of days later it was back. As he proved last night, He CAN catch the ball without the hop. However, it appears the hop is still visible. After a good out, when Marlon Byrd is in the field, the two look at each other, point, and skip/hop in sync. It’s an interesting move, and kind of nice to see.