Father’s Day is next month. What a great time to take a look back at some moments caught on video when dads jumped to the rescue and saved kids. Let’s start with this awesome dad who caught a fly ball from Philadelphia Phillies player Kevin Pillar‘s line drive into the stands last year.
Super dad Brian Kucharik caught the ball with one hand whilst cradling his daughter Emily. Like, Whoa!
Here are some other amazing dads who caught fly balls while being dad?
Salute to the dad last month, May 2016, during the Pittsburgh Pirates v. Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase field who also caught a fly ball by reaching up with one hand while holding a baby! Justin Kirkpatrick was balancing his 11-month old son Ryker at the time.
Kirkpatrick went home with the ball later autographed by D-backs catcher Welington Castillo who hit that ball off of Pirates pitcher Jon Niese during the fourth inning.
In 2014, on Father’s Day, a dad was probably coming back from a diaper change and arrived back at the stands just in time to catch Troy Tulowitzki‘s home run ball also with one-hand while holding his young daughter with the other hand. Dude casually walked back to his seat as the San Francisco Giants play the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.
Back in 2013, another dad caught a fly ball during a Diamondbacks v. San Francisco Giants game.
And let’s not leave the Minor League out of this. In August 2015, dad Kyle Wren caught a foul ball while holding his baby as Colorado Springs took on Round Rock.
Dads catches, while good intentioned, aren’t always good for the game they’re watching.
Like the dad last June 2015 who reached in to catch a ball during a Chicago Cubs v. L.A. Dodgers game. The refs had to call the hit back. Doh!
Finally, honorable mention to the dad who saved his son from getting a hit in the face by a flying baseball bat during a March 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates v the Atlanta Braves game.