Pittsburgh Pirates: Photo Shows Man Blocking Bat From Hitting Child in Face at Spring Training Game

March 7, 2016 Updated: March 7, 2016

An anonymous, quick-thinking Pittsburgh Pirates fan is being hailed as a hero after sticking out his arm to deflect a flying baseball bat headed towards a kid sitting next to him on Saturday in a Florida spring training game. The image, captured by photographer Chris Horner, has been re-tweeted more than a thousand times already.

The kid appears to be busy paying attention to his smartphone as the bat heads straight towards his head. Thankfully no injuries were reported. Pittsburgh won the exhibition game 9–6 over the the Atlanta Braves.