Man Catches Flying Bat With One Hand, Does Not Spill Beer With Other

Posted by David Ozanich — 8 Mar 2011


David Goldman of the Associated Press captured this incredible image from a March 4th pre-season baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves. I'll let the photo's official AP caption do the explaining:

Mitch Davie, center right, of Brooklyn, N.Y., makes a one-handed catch of a flying bat off the swing of Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, not pictured, during the fifth inning of a spring-training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, March 4, 2011 in Kissimmee, Fla.

You may want to click to enlarge the photo because this is definitely a case of God being in the details - the terrific anguished and terrified reactions of everyone in the crowd save the Zen-like Davie are something you can really pore over. Kevin Fujii, a photgrapher at the Seattle Times, writes on their photo blog:

Three things impress me about this photo.

One, photographer David Goldman got this shot. Think about it: Goldman's lens was most likely focused on the playing field, not on the stands to his back. He had to swing his camera to where the bat might land, get it in focus and get the correct exposure.

Luckily the bat landed in the same sunny spot as the playing field, so he didn't need to change the exposure.

Two, Goldman got the guy's name. He left his photo position on the field to ask the fan his name, how to spell it and where he's from.

Three, the fan, Mitch Davie, caught the bat with one hand. And he didn't spill his Red Stripe.

That last part is what's getting everyone so excited - Mitch Davie didn't spill his beer while saving his fellow fans from a bat to the face! Drink Beer. Save Lives. Truly a Fat Tuesday Miracle.

Via Dlisted.

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