Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. In this instance, the heroics came in the form of a Michelob Ultra beer can.
In the second inning of a spring training matchup between the Athletics and Angels on Sunday, Oakland’s Sean Murphy ripped a foul ball down the third baseline towards a fan. Instinctively, the fan braced for impact, and while doing so he raised his low-calorie beer which acted as a shield of sorts. Unfortunately, the $12 beverage was sacrificed, but it saved a fan from possibly getting hit in the head.
Angels: Mike Trout rewards fan who used his beer to protect against foul ball
Recognizing what happened, Angels center fielder Mike Trout rewarded the man with an autographed bat and few more beers on ice.
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Now that’s a story this fan will be talking about for a long time, and thankfully no one was injured.
In all seriousness, while having seats down the foul lines at a baseball game, you never know when a ball is coming your way. It’s happened in the past which is why the expansion of protective netting has been discussed in recent years.
There’s only so much one can do with a 100 MPH line drive coming at you. Now I’m not saying or expecting a casual fan to be engaged for every second in a three-hour ballgame, but paying attention for a majority when sitting in those kinds of seats helps. If that man had been looking down on his phone, had his back turned, etc., we could be talking about a different story.
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Fortunately, everyone is okay. Michelob Ultra and Coors Light get some free advertising, and the fan takes home some cool souvenirs from one of the league’s best players.