Fan makes great catch over tarp while holding baby
CHICAGO (AP) A man holding a baby made a great barehanded catch over the glove of Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday night, prompting a replay review.
With two out and none on in the second inning at Wrigley Field, Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel fouled off a pitch from Zack Greinke. Gonzalez chased the popup and reached over the rolled-up tarp while trying to make a play, but Keith Hartley, of Chicago, reached out and grabbed the ball with his right hand while carrying his 7-month-old son, Isaac, in his left arm.
"I was just feeding him and I saw the ball coming our way and held on to him and made sure I protected him and I stood up and it kind of just fell in my hand," Hartley said.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout and argued for fan interference. While the play was being reviewed, the crowd roared as the sequence was shown again on ballpark's videoboards.
After a short delay, the call was reversed and Hammel was ruled out, ending the inning.
Hartley said he wasn't sure if he was going to be thrown out, and then referenced one of the most famous foul balls in baseball history. Steve Bartman was cursed by Cubs fans in 2003 after deflecting a foul popup away from Moises Alou with Chicago just five outs away from the World Series.
"I was hoping it wouldn't be like a Bartman-type situation," Hartley said. "Some of my friends texted me, 'You're the anti-Bartman.' I said no, it's kind of the same situation.
"Luckily the Cubs security talked to me and gave me a stern warning."