(KSWB) – For all the plays on the court in Tuesday night’s Cincinnati Reds game against the San Diego Padres, arguably the best web gem of them all came in the stands.
A foul ball from San Diego catcher Luis Campusano’s bat in the top of the fifth inning sailed over the visiting dugout, bouncing off the floor and into the hands of Jacob Kingsley, who was bottle-feeding his baby Shepherd. It was a stellar right hand grab that happened while the baby remained strapped to Kingsley’s chest in his seat.
Kingsley’s snag drew applause from surrounding fans and praise from Reds TV announcers, as seen in footage shared by MLB and the Cincinnati Reds.
“Good work!” said broadcaster John Sedak. “Holds the bottle, no spills, baby happily ever after and a keepsake.”
Jacob and his wife Jordan Kingsley, who sat next to him, were caught sharing a smile after the take. When the camera flashed the trio after the next pitch, Sedak remarked that Kingsley’s catch was “the game of the night right now”.
Later broadcaster Jim Day caught up with the trioasking Kingsley what was going through his mind when he caught.
“Safety first, obviously,” he said. “I saw the ball appear and just wanted to keep him happy, so I tried my best to protect him at the same time. went well, but it was baby first.
Jordan Kingsley told Day they were watching for stray baseballs all night, which also happened to be Shepherd’s Reds’ first-ever game.
“The baby is happy, I’m happy and I’m just in awe,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Who is this man? “”
The Reds eventually won Tuesday’s game 9-6. Both teams return to the field Wednesday in Cincinnati.