Plainfield Woman's One-Handed Catch Prevents Bat from Hitting Baby at White Sox Game

The baby was sitting behind Eileen DePesa of Plainfield when a loose bat went flying into the stands, according to media reports.

Credit: MLB.com
Credit: MLB.com
A one-handed catch by a Plainfield woman prevented a loose bat from hitting a baby at a White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field on Memorial Day, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Eileen DePesa, who works for Freedman Anselmo Lindberg in Naperville, caught the bat as it was mid-flight headed toward a child in the stands, according to the article. 

Tyler Flowers' bat went flying down the third-place line before bouncing off the White Sox dugout and into the stands, according to Yahoo Sports. DePesa was in the front stands when she was able to reach up with her right hand and catch the bat. 

After her amazing catch, DePesa got to keep a different bat signed by the catcher, and said she'll probably buy a case to keep the bat and photos from the game. But the Plainfield resident told the Tribune she didn't do it for the glory or memorabilia. 

"I think it's just a natural instinct to try to protect," she said. "Maybe it's a mom instinct."

View the video clip from MLB.com above one DePesa's impressive one-handed snag. 
Vicky Polito May 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Now, THAT is a solid example of quick-reflexes and being in the right place at the right time! Literally a nice save.
Russell Danbury May 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM
BIGBAKER.. June 01, 2014 at 09:51 AM


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