Keith Hartley being interviewed by a TV reporter after he snagged a foul ball while bottle-feeding his infant 7-month-old son during the second inning of a Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game on June 23, 2015
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By Alissa Greenberg
June 24, 2015

Although fans catching foul balls in Chicago have historically been much maligned, things went a bit differently for Keith Hartley on Tuesday. Hartley, who caught a foul ball one-handed during a Chicago Cubs–Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday night, is being celebrated largely because of what he had in his other hand — his 7-month-old son.

The moment came in the game’s second inning, as Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez ran to catch a foul ball down the first baseline, ESPN reports. And although it earned the Cubs an out for fan interference, ending the inning, Twitter and Vine still had a Wrigley Field day lauding Hartley’s dexterity and insouciant paternal instincts. Hartley told ESPN he attempted the catch for fear that the ball might ricochet off the rail and hit his son Isaac.

Despite their brief interaction, Gonzalez did not react to Hartley’s catch. “Hopefully he’s not too angry,” Hartley told ESPN. “He is on my fantasy team. I want to keep him happy.”



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