The catch itself was unique. After all, bats don't fly into the stands with the frequency foul balls do at baseball games. But what made Eileen Depesa's one-handed snag of Tyler Flowers' errant lumber during Monday's Cleveland Indians-Chicago White Sox game truly special was who she protected in the process.
The Pale Hose catcher lost his grip on the bat during his second inning at-bat against Tribe starter Josh Timlin. The piece of equipment went helicoptering down the third-base line and bounced on top of the Sox dugout. That's when Depesa, who was seated in the first row, reacted quickly. She reached up with her right hand and stopped the bat from going any further. The U.S. Cellular Field crowd gave her a loud ovation for the grab — but all Depesa cared about was the little girl in close proximity to her. "I was more concerned with protecting the baby seated behind me," the heroine told MLB's Cut4. And Chicago fans left the game happy too as the home team won 6-2.
James finished with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 102-90 to take a 3-1 series lead and move within a victory of the franchise's fourth straight NBA Finals appearance.
Finally in hockey, the Los Angeles Kings are one win away from their second Stanley Cup Final in three years after a 5-2 Game 4 victory over defending champion Chicago in the Western Conference Final.
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