Fans in Chicago can catch a flying bat with one hand

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White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers lost the grip on his bat while swinging through a pitch yesterday and it went flying into the stands, at which point a fan in Chicago effortlessly caught it on a bounce with one hand like it was no big deal:

My favorite part is the reaction by the woman holding the Miller Lite.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.