A note to fathers attending a Major League Baseball game: Always let your son bring a glove.
A young Pittsburgh Pirates fan put his mitt to good use during Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, saving his father from a nasty injury by sticking his glove up just in time to snag a foul ball headed for his dad’s noggin.
The boy’s father made a somewhat halfhearted attempt to protect himself as the ball sailed toward his face, but it likely would’ve given him quite the bruise if his son wasn’t there to save the day.
The son received a nice hair-ruffle from his grateful father and a smattering of approving cheers from the crowd. Pirates fans didn’t have much more to cheer about, however, as their team lost 3-2.
Check out GIF of the young fan’s heroics and a video of the full play below.