Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz lost the grip on his bat during a swinging strike, sending the bat whizzing into the seats behind the Braves’ dugout, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. With violent force, the bat flew on a direct path towards the face of a boy who was too distracted by his smartphone to notice what was about to befall him.
A quick-thinking adult fan seated next to the boy stuck his arm in front of the boy’s face, deflecting the bat and preventing what would likely have been a serious injury.
Christopher Horner, a photographer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review captured the harrowing moment in a series of photographs that serve as a good reminder that it’s always a good idea to look up once in a while.
— Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) March 6, 2016
The frames were then turned into a pretty epic gif.
— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) March 7, 2016
The photos even caught the attention of Ortiz’s wife. “I went home and my wife said to me, ‘You almost killed that kid!’ ” the outfielder told the paper. “I saw the picture. It was crazy. That guy took [a blow] for the kid. The father, or whoever he was, he protected that kid.”