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Video of the Day: Dad + Baby + Hat = great snag

May 3, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

All that’s missing is a spilled beer:

Yes it was on the bounce, but it was still pretty damn impressive.

  1. shaggylocks - May 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Do dads trying to catch balls while holding small children ever injure their kids? Whenever I see a video like this it always scares me a little bit, but the dads always seem to snag the ball without a hitch.

    • bigharold - May 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      It bounced into the stands. It’s not like it was a blistering line drive.

      • shaggylocks - May 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Yeah, thanks, I saw the video too. But every season there seems to be at least one highlight like this, and they’re not always soft bounces. I’m not saying anything about this dad–the ball was well over his head and far away from his child–but I am surprised his instinct wasn’t to turn his back protect his kid’s head anyway. I’m wondering if a catch attempt with a kid on one arm ever ends badly.

      • bigharold - May 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        You said; “Whenever I see a video like this it always scares ..”

        There is nothing scary about what this guy is doing so I don’t see the connection. Are you sure you saw the video?

      • shaggylocks - May 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Wow, yes, because when I said “whenever I see video like this” what I meant was “whenever I see video EXACTLY like this, no deviation from this exact video, exactly.” I obviously wasn’t referring to the category of “people catching baseballs while holding small children.” Good catch (no pun intended). I like your ability to read between the lines like that.

        My wife and I are about to have a baby, so perhaps my perspective is skewed a bit, but that’s not even what I’m talking about. Since you seem more intent on picking nits than responded to my original question (which I’ve already repeated once already) I’ll repeat it again: do kids ever get hurt during something like this? We only ever see highlights of the successful “kid on one arm” catch, but I wonder if this ever ends up with a hurt kid instead of a ball.

      • jm91rs - May 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM


        I’m perfectly capable of catching a lazy short fly while holding a baby, but my instincts were put to the test the other night.

        Little league game, I’m looking at my 4 month old instead of the play and a foul ball comes our way. Easy catch I’m sure, but rather than look up and try to find the ball, I spun the baby around and covered her. The ball hit me in the shoulder. I failed the guy test that night, but my baby girl didn’t take a foul ball off her amazing little face so I’m alright with the boos a few of the apparently more macho Dads gave me.

        I’m not sure how I would react at a major league game if I saw the ball from the beginning, but I have a feeling turning to protect my girl would be the first instinct. Nothing wrong or right about either instinct, in fact I think catching the ball might be safer than letting it bounce and possibly come back up at you.

    • indaburg - May 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Once you have a kid, you get accustomed to juggling several things at once easily. He snagged a fly ball while holding a baby? Pshaw. That’s Parenting 101. I want to see him do it while chatting on the phone and holding a beer. Now that’s skill.

      • albertmn - May 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        If you are at the game, you shouldn’t be on the phone. You should be there to enjoy the game.

      • indaburg - May 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM


    • nightman13 - May 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I get what your are saying shaggy and I wonder the same thing.

    • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I am sure if a kid was ever hurt like this….you would hear about it….a LOT. And then, every time an event like this happened and no one was hurt, you would hear about it AGAIN, A LOT. So, I am guessing, it hasn’t happened.

      • thefrenchyconnection - May 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        not the exact situation but here are a couple of examples. In my opinion a parent’s only reaction should be to protect their child instead of trying to catch a souvenir, but judging by the thumbs down on my post below not very many share that opinion.

      • shaggylocks - May 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Ahh, good point. That’s probably true.

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Also, there’s no funny gif’s going around.

      • drone501 - May 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        that catch was harmless.

  2. thefrenchyconnection - May 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Dad+Baby = get out of the way of the ball

  3. bigharold - May 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Nice catch but I would’ve been more impressed if he was holding a beer and the baby while he did it.

  4. El Bravo - May 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    why wont video load 😦

    • Francisco (FC) - May 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Stop using your iPad.

      • El Bravo - May 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        f ipads i have a note ii. but its my work cpu. and now i got it so we’re gravy.

  5. historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    • El Bravo - May 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM


      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        You’re picky.

      • drone501 - May 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM


  6. El Bravo - May 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    wooo there it is.

  7. stlouis1baseball - May 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Great. Now we get to hear from the dude who railed against Dad’s catching baseballs a few weeks back. Oh the Children! Remember him? That guy.

    • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Just once I wish they’d get one of mom catching it. In my favorite Malcolm in the Middle episode (really, the only one I remember), Mom was killing balls in the batting cages & the boy was like: “How come mom isn’t teaching us to hit?” Dad: “There is more to hitting the ball than making contact!”

      • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Was the dad Josh Hamilton?

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Very nice. Surprised you didn’t go with Pujols though.

      • indaburg - May 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        I’ve been trying. The ball hasn’t come to me… yet.

  8. ctony1216 - May 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Cap vs. Bare Hands:All the guys in the front row at this game opted for caps, but I’ll go with bare hands. Never was able to master the ball-in-cap technique. The ball always seems to flop out of the cap.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Yeah…I couldn’t help but notice that as well Tony. And they were 1st row dudes.
      I mean…I can see potentially using a cap if it is a laser. You know…to maybe soften the blow a bit. But they are 1st row. Bunch of pansies.

  9. nightman13 - May 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    A ball isn’t the only nice snag he had, he’s got a pretty cute wife/significant other. I’d be SUPER impressed if he snagged her with the hat too.

    • mazblast - May 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Nice looking wife, cute kid, caught a foul ball. I’d say he was riding high right about then.

      Notice to the nay-sayers–Note how he kept the kid well away from the path of the ball. He had everything under control.

  10. mungman69 - May 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I enjoy the game by talking on the phone.

    • mazblast - May 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Yeah, and the people around you, who may be trying to watch the game they paid to see, really enjoy listening to the minutiae of your life.

      Baseball is a beautiful game. Enjoy it. Pretend you can live without your electronic toys for a few hours. You can reattach yourself to your electronic nipple-substitute later, when you’re not in public.

  11. mungman69 - May 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    WAIT; I can’t talk to my babe on the phone at a ballgame? Sounds fair enough.

    • mazblast - May 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Bring her to the game or bring yourself to her. If you, she, or both of you can’t bear to be out of touch for three hours or so, there may be some issues here.

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