One young Miami Marlins fan showed up to Sunday’s game having never caught a foul ball.
He left with not one, but two baseballs for his trophy case after a single at-bat — a stunning rarity not lost on the fan nor the players.
Brandon Ortiz was standing at the end of the right field line with a small group of fans during the sixth inning of the Marlins’ sparsely populated 9-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in Miami.
Martin Prado hit a foul ball toward the group and Ortiz snagged it over the railing. Prado hit another to the same spot and Ortiz again caught it despite other fans reaching out.
The announcers were amazed.
This kid caught two (2) foul balls during one (1) at bat. pic.twitter.com/lZdzdyvkU4
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Fox Sports reporter Jessica Blaylock caught up with Ortiz for an in-game interview.
“I thought, ‘Oh my god, my first ever foul ball.’ It was nice. And after I saw the second one come at me, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to catch two.’ When I caught two, I was just amazed.”
Royals right fielder Jorge Soler had one of the best spots in the house to watch it and told MLB.com, “it was incredible.”
As rare as it is, it has happened before. Two different fans at two separate Oakland Athletics games caught back-to-back foul balls, via MLB.com’s Cut4. One man did it barehanded in the sixth inning of an A’s game against the Royals in June 2018.
Ortiz said he plays mostly outfield, third base and first base for his baseball team with occasional pitching duties. His advice for catching anyone trying to catch a foul ball?
“Just close your eyes and put your glove up.”
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