Most of the time, the best part of a baseball game happens on the field. Maybe it’s a pitcher throwing a complete game shutout. Maybe it’s a light-hitting utility infielder clearing the bases with a standup triple. Or maybe it’s something entirely unrelated to baseball, like the catcher on one team leaving a snack at home plate for the catcher on another team.
However, every once in a while, the best part of a baseball game happens up in the stands when a fan makes a fantastic play. And today, with this here list, we’re celebrating those moments. So take a look. Assuming your boss doesn’t catch and fire you, you won’t regret it.
Dad using his dad powers to snag a ball with one hand while holding a toddler in the other. No big deal.
40. Dad Reflexes
You hate to see a perfectly good basket of nachos get destroyed, but still, that's a nice catch. That ball had some English on it.
39. Nacho Ball
Maybe the pitcher put too much vaseline on that one?
38. Butter Fingers
At spring training, the fans are rusty too.
Maybe this guy was on a very important call. Maybe his mom called from her deathbed to tell him she loves him, or maybe it was his boss telling him he got the promotion.
But probably not. He was probably just being a front row d-bag, talking on the phone during a play.
36. Hold the Phone
Not a clean catch, but it looks like he probably still came up with it.
35. Angels in the...Stands
Hey, Angles guy in the previous GIF, let Red Sox guy show you how it's done.
34. One-Handed While Holding a Beer
No babies gonna slow this guy down. Well done, sir.
33. More Dad Reflexes
This kid literally has a foul ball land gently in his lap, and he's like, oh, that's neat I guess.
Even the kids in Miami don't care.
32. Not Impressed
Hey, is that Ricky Martin? Cause this guy's living la vida loca.
31. Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh...
The rolled up sleeves and backwards cap are nice, but the chest thumb really sells it.
30. Reds Bro Palms It
Haha, khakis guy, that's what you get for wearing khakis to the baseball game.
(Hey, if baseball players have unwritten rules, so can I. And one of them is this: unless you are over the age of 60, you do not wear khakis to a baseball game. Though I guess it's not unwritten anymore, is it?)
29. So Close, Yet So Far
When it comes to baseball fundamentals I'm pretty old school, so I really like the fact that this kid used two hands to make the catch.
28. Rawlings Gold Popcorn Bucket?
Everyone knows if you catch a ball in your beer you're supposed to chug it. But what do you do if you catch a ball in your popcorn?
27. Yep, Another Popcorn Bucket Catch
You gotta feel for the guy in the red coat. He was so close.
26. Almost...Almost...Got It!
In fairness to Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, the guy was staring him right in the face. Plus, who knows what was said. Maybe somebody made fun of his stupid facial hair.
25. Matt Adams Pushy Pushy
Poor kid's like, "Dad, I'm not eight years old. Child out."
24. Pirates Kid Saves Dad
Does this lady know how to party or what?
23. Giants Grandma
Most instances of dad's catching foul balls while holding kids feature dad's standing up and catching a ball above their heads. This one features a dad maneuvering to get right under one, and I've got to be honest—it made me a bit nervous.
22. Tigers Dad
See, Diamondbacks dude, this is what you do when the ball is coming right for your lady. You catch it.
21. Padres Guy Makes Awesome Catch and Saves Wife
...but...um...don't do this, no matter how happy you are. People are watching.
20. Padres Guy and Wife Embarrass Themselveselves
I don't know how many beers this guy had, but it looks like he forgot how to move his feet.
19. Giants Fan Takes a Spill
But hey, at least he got to take this photo with the voluptuous Padres fan. (On come on, we were all thinking it.)
18. Giants Fan Gets a Hug
Let's see you try to field one cleanly in that thing.
17. The Orioles Fan with the Oversized Novelty Glove
That's even more impressive than the last one.
16. The Pirates Fan with the Oversized Novelty Glove
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is both literally and figuratively the boss.
15. Brad Ausmus = Boss
It's the tiny hands. They can fit into nooks and crannies the hands of a grown man cannot.
14. Little Girl Wins the Scrum
That's right Pirates dude, you go for that shit. Broken noses heal, but a souvenir baseball lasts forever.
13. Bucs Fan Eats Concrete
"Oh sorry, I just had to reach down and catch this foul ball with one hand. What were you saying about the TPS reports?"
12. One-Handed Cell Douche
Well done, sir, but what on earth were you doing at the Astros game?
11. Dad's Hat Catch
With all due respect to my own dad, this Reds dad is the probably the bestdad ever.
10. One-Handed Baby-Holdin' Home Run Catch
Like I said, when you catch a ball in your beer, you chug it. Those are the rules.
9. Catch & Chug
How's this kid's arm? Maybe the Royals should sign him.
8. Royals Fan, or All-Star Outfielder
This Blue Jays kid is a obviously macking prodigy. My only advice? Be more ambitious...
7. Blue Jays Baller
Now this kid is my hero. I mean...wow. Just...wow.
6. Padres Baller
That's the parking lot across the street from Fenway's Green Monster. I guess now we know what happened to the Melky Cabrera home run ball that shattered the windshield.
5. The Happy Dance
Great catch plus dummy ball switcheroo? This is the baller Padres kid in 50 years.
4. Old Cubs Dude
You think you got it, then some guy with nachos from out of nowhere and steals your souvenir.
If this guy didn't get lucky after the game, I have no more faith in humanity.
2. The Nonchalant Red Sox Dude
T.C. Bear just jumped to the top of my baseball mascot power rankings. Sorry, Philly Phanatic.