Shaun Cunningham took his son Landon to a Pittsburg Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves spring training game as a part of Landon's early birthday present on Saturday.
When Landon looked down to text his mom, Cunningham saw the bat slip out of a Pirates' player hand and fly toward the stands.
"I didn't have a lot of time to react and I just did whatever I could to try to block it or deflect the bat and really had no idea how close it came to my son's face until I saw the picture Sunday night," Cunningham told ABC News.
Christopher Horner, a photographer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, captured the moment where the bat hit Cunningham's arm instead of Landon's head.
"My dad is a hero," Landon said.
We're pretty sure the kid will want to sit next to his dad at every game from now on. Plus, the 8-year-old will probably never look away from the field again.
We can add Cunningham to the list of all-star bare-handed dads who were ready for anything that comes out of left field, alongside Keith Hartley (who caught a ball while feeding his baby) and Mike Capko (who caught one while babywearing).