Viral AMAZING PHOTO: Boy Distracted by Phone Saved From Flying Bat by Dad
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 6, 2016
An incredible photo shows a heroic, quick-thinking baseball fan saving a young boy from a bat that went flying into the stands.
According to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Christopher Horner, it happened at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, during a spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves.
Based on the photo, the boy was looking down at his phone when the bat slipped out of a player's hands, sending it flying into the crowd.
Luckily, the man next to the boy was not looking down at his phone and used his cat-like reflexes to save the day.
Horner's photo, which has gone viral after he posted it to Twitter, shows the man’s arm blocking the kid’s face just in the nick of time.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident, and this serves as a reminder to always keep your eye on the ball - or bat.
UPDATE: FOX 35 in Orlando reported further details, identifying the boy as 8-year-old Landon Cunningham, who was saved from injury by his dad, a local firefighter in Ocala.
Shaun Cunningham called it a "miracle" that he was able to prevent the bat from striking his son in the face.
Landon, who had borrowed his dad's phone to snap some pictures, said the bat still hit him in the shoulder, but he's OK.
"I definitely think he had the hand of God watching over him that day," said Landon's mom.
Watch the report below.