Marlins fan catches two foul balls in same at-bat, becomes hero

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Published 2:01 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2019
CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe likelihood of catching a foul ball at a professional baseball game is not too high, with studies putting the odds at 1-580. Catching two — in the very same at-bat — is more than luck. Brandon Ortiz, a young Miami Marlins fan, did just that on Sunday in something straight out of the movie Angels In the Outfield.  In the sixth inning of the Royals-Marlins game in Miami, Martín Prado hit a foul ball down the right-field line. Ortiz used his glove to snatch the foul ball and his friends celebrated his catch accordingly. Then Prado hit another foul ball to the right-field line in the same at-bat. Ortiz again came up clutch. In a matter of minutes, the fan caught two foul balls from the same hitter. In a television interview with Fox Sports, Ortiz said his strategy was simple: “Just close your eyes and put your glove up.””I thought ‘oh my god my first foul ball.’ It was nice,” Ortiz said. “Then I saw the second one come at me and I’m like ‘oh my god I’m gonna catch two.’ When I caught two I was just amazed.” Royals outfielder Jorge Soler was left jaw-dropped. “It was incredible,” he told MLB.com afterwards. As rare as the feat is, just last year a fan caught two foul balls from the same batter — barehanded. Still, that was by an adult. Ortiz, who said he pitches and plays outfield for his grade school team, said he plans to put the two balls in his trophy collection. This kid caught two (2) foul balls during one (1) at bat. pic.twitter.com/lZdzdyvkU4— Subscribe to Cut4 on YouTube!!!! (@Cut4) September 8, 2019

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