A young San Francisco Giants fan had his chance Monday night. He had his chance to make a nifty little snag down the right-field line at AT&T Park. He did not make that play, and the ensuing results are even better than he could have imagined.
Giants infielder Brandon Crawford turned on an offering from Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the second inning and sent the pitch screaming down the right-field line. The young Giants fan was waiting and ready with his glove in hand. That’s when the ball hit the bullpen mound and went skipping at an accelerated speed into the stands. The young Giants fan turned into young, frozen Giants fan with the ball coming right at him.
The result was the ground-rule double smoking the kid in the leg and sending him to the concrete steps in a heap and left writhing in a good amount of pain. He was quickly looked at by a stadium worker, which is where his frown was turned upside down. Someone retrieved the baseball and got it to the kid, which is where he made an instant transformation from traumatized boy in pain to triumphant hero.
Hat tip to SB Nation