A young boy distracted by his smartphone was saved from getting hit in the face by a baseball bat, thanks to the quick reflexes of a man sitting next to him.
During a spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves on Saturday, a baseball bat came flying into the stands and was seconds away from hitting a little boy in the face—until the man next to him heroically stretched out his arm and diverted the bat from the boy’s head.
Christopher Horner, a sports photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, captured and posted images of the occurrence on Twitter; it immediately went viral.
Horner posted a second image to emphasize “just how close the bat was to the boy's head.”
While the story of the young man and the boy is a great one, the hilarious shots of the individuals in the background is a story unto itself.
The image is going to be a hard one to beat for all sports photojournalists working this baseball season.
Banner Image Credit: Christopher Horner