The star of Sunday afternoon’s series finale between the Mets and Phillies at Citizens Bank Park wasn’t a member of either roster. Rather, it was a dad holding a baby.
With a 2-2 count in the fourth inning, leadoff batter Daniel Murphy fouled a Chad Billingsley offering back on the third base side. A dad, with his baby strapped to his chest, stuck out his bare hand and caught the ball, earning a round of applause from the crowd. The fan was later interviewed on the Phillies’ broadcast, earning praise from former major leaguers and current broadcasters Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt. The duo also autographed the ball for him.
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