In a presidential debate, the host tells president Reagan Reagan's Humor, at the minute 1:21:

I like to head for the fence and try to catch that one before it goes over, but I'll go on to another question.

and I was wondering if it's a kind of idiom rooted in the Baseball, although I couldn't find what it exactly means searching the net.

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It's a compliment with a hint of disagreement.

If the batter hits a ball over the wall (= the fence), it scores a home run for the team.

The host compares Reagan's answer with a successful hit, very good to argue against (= it's going over the fence), but still one you can disagree with (=running for the fence and trying to catch it).

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