WATCH: While Holding His Baby in One Hand, This Dad Caught a Foul Ball with the Other
Seeing someone catch a foul ball at a baseball game makes everyone a little jealous (why didn't we sit there?!), but everyone was too busy being impressed to envy Keith Hartley.
He and his family were sitting in the first row for a Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game. While still watching the game, Hartley started bottle-feeding his 7-month-old baby Issac. All of the sudden, Chicago Cub Jason Hammel hit a foul ball and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez dove to catch it.
While Gonzalez was moments away from catching the ball, Hartley effortlessly swooped right in to catch it with his bare hand—and his baby in the other. Even though the Cubs were given an out, finishing the inning, Hartley's remarkable dexterity quickly won over other baseball fans along with social media. "Who doesn't love a dad catching a ball while holding a baby who's holding a bottle?" pondered ESPN.
"My Twitter is going insane. A friend from work gave us these tickets as a gift, and I probably have 15 emails in the first 10, 15 minutes," Hartley told the network. As far as why he wanted to catch the ball, it wasn't for himself, he explained. "Baseball is not a new thing to me. I didn't want it to hit the ledge and hit [my baby], so I wanted to make first contact." (Aww, what a dad!)
Perhaps the best part of the memorable catch was baby Issac. Despite all the commotion, the little one kept calm and didn't even flinch. He was too busy drinking his milk, and everyone knows foul balls pale in comparison to mealtime for a baby.
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