LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A baby-feeding fan who caught a fly ball during the Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame.
The play – which occurred in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss Tuesday at Wrigley Field – has gone viral on social media and spurred questions about how safe it is for fans to sit in the good seats of any baseball game with an infant or small child.
With two outs and none on, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez chased Jason Hammel’s popup and reached over the rolled-up tarp while trying to make a play, but Keith Hartley, of Chicago, grabbed the ball with his right hand while carrying his 7-month-old son, Isaac, in his left arm.
“I was just feeding him and I saw the ball coming our way and held on to him and made sure I protected him and I stood up and it kind of just fell in my hand,” Hartley said.
The catch was so epic, in fact, that the Dodgers tweeted out a personal thank you note on Twitter to Hartley.
Mattingly came out of the dugout and argued for fan interference. While the play was being reviewed, the crowd roared as the sequence was shown again on ballpark’s videoboards.
After a brief delay, the call was reversed and Hammel was ruled out, ending the inning.
The play instantly spurred reaction on Twitter and social media, and even spurred calls from Orel Hershiser on the Dodgers broadcast to have the fan kicked out because he interfered with the ball in play.
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