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Cubs Fan Catches Fly Ball With One Hand While Holding Baby: Amazing Or Unsafe?

Wed, June 24, 2015 1:24pm EDT by Add first Comment

Oh baby, this man is either really talented or really unsafe. Keith Hartley, a Chicago Cubs fan, took his baby boy to Wrigley Field for a baseball game. What happened next was unreal — he caught a foul ball with his bare hand while feeding his son. Watch!

It’s a father’s dream to take their son to a baseball game, and Keith Hartley, 29, was able to live that dream. The excited daddy took his 7-month-old son, Isaac, to see the Dodgers-Cubs game at Wrigley Field on June 23 for some good ol’ fashion fun. Now, he’s a media sensation!


BEST. GIFT. EVER. Keith received tickets to the game from a work friend as a gift, and what a gift it wound up being. During the game, a ball was hit by the Chicago Cubs and it was coming straight for him and his son Isaac.  So, he did what any father AND fan would do, he reached out to catch it!

It wasn’t just any catch. While the Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was running to grab the ball with his glove, Keith beat him to it and snagged it up. The best part? He did it barehanded while holding onto his baby. Did we mention little Isacc was sucking on his bottle at the time? So amazing!

Little Isacc didn’t even flinch and continued right on eating and doing baby things.

While some may think it was a dangerous move, Keith’s motive came down to pure fatherly instinct. “Baseball is not a new thing to me,” he told ESPN. “I didn’t want it to hit the ledge and hit him, so I wanted to make first contact, I think.” He even joked that, “It would have been more impressive if the baby would have caught it.”

We had to know what his wife Kari was thinking while she watched this all unfold. She told the outlet, “I was a little bit nervous, a little bit scared he was going to drop the baby. Fortunately he held on tight to both the ball and Isaac, so we were OK.”

Needless to say, the Dodgers got the out and even thanked Keith for the extra help!

HollywoodLifers — do you think the father was being unsafe? Let us know your thoughts below!

— Brittany King