Catching a foul ball is every baseball fan's dream. Grown-ass adults have taken out children to get one. Charlie Sheen bought out an entire section of an Angels game for him and Poison frontman Brett Michaels. Jacob Kingsley's moment came at Tuesday night's Cincinnati Reds game. A foul ball was heading his way. The rub was... he was feeding his son at the time.
Luckily for Jacob, he has two hands, and they're both made of diamond. One hand held the bottle, the other hand caught the ball.
When I'm at a baseball game and I have one hand holding a bottle, the other hand is usually also holding a bottle and I'm feeding myself. In a situation like this, for me, foul ball vs $20 beers would need to be figured out in a split second.
It was such an amazing play, the local news had to interview him like he just hit a game-winning home run. Kingsley recounted the experience with Bally Sports:
"Safety first, obviously. I saw the ball pop up and just wanted to keep him happy and so did my best to protect him at the same time. I reached a hand up, had some fierce competition, but it ended up happening great, but baby first."
This was his 1-year-old son's first-ever baseball game. My first game was Reggie Jackson's first game back after being traded from the Yankees to the Angels, and my dad got us a police escort. This kid gets a foul ball.
Here's hoping the kid grows up to be a baseball fan. If he doesn't and I was the father, I'd be taking the ball back. After all, the dad did all the work. The kid kinda just hung there.