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Dad drops easy catch in stands, son adds to humiliation by beating on him (video)


During the ninth inning of an 8-0 blowout win for the Tampa Bay Rays over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, a pitch fromĀ Brett Oberholtzer eluded the mitt of catcher Carlos Coporan, caroming off the dirt and bouncing high into the stands between the seats behind home plate and the third base dugout.

In what can only be described as a gift-wrapped opportunity for an easy souvenir — seriously, the baseball only needed a bow on it to complete the image — the ball’s trajectory was delivering it straight into the waiting glove of an Astros taking in the game with his son.

And since this was an Astros home game, there weren’t many fans in the vicinity jockeying for position. Nope. All this guy had to do was close the glove around the slowly descending ball and he would have had a nice keepsake to give to his son.

It didn’t go quite as well as it should have gone.

In one of the more embarrassing displays at catching a ball in the stands ever, the ball deflects right out of the glove, bounces down a few rows of seats and into the waiting hands of a young lady. A young lady presumably much more coordinated than this poor guy. Sheesh.

Ouch. To make matters worse for the likely-already-humiliated dad — beyond the fact he had a glove on his hand and still whiffed on the catch — his son proceeds to reign blows upon his old man for his futile and embarrassing effort. Granted, the punches were not thrown in fury, nor did the punches have much force behind them, but I’m sure the dad was nevertheless hurting afterward. Mostly out of shame.