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Father Of The Year Saves Son From A Flying Bat During Spring Training Game

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Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves faced off in a spring training game, but the most exciting action of the day took place in the stands, not on the field.

Shaun Cunningham and his son were just out to enjoy a baseball game, but this dad soon had to react in a split second in order to stop an errant bat from hitting his 8-year-old son in the face. Thanks to Cunningham's jacked forearm, that's exactly what he did.

@BiertempfelTrib The two frames showing just how close the bat was to the boy's head. pic.twitter.com/7VwnfWp8L1 — Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) March 6, 2016

This was reportedly Cunningham's son's first live baseball game, and were it not for the reflexes of his dad, it might've been his last. The 8-year-old did reportedly still get hit in the shoulder, but I'd take that over a probable concussion any day of the week.

As for Shaun Cunningham, well, he apparently just has a slight wrist injury. Dad of the year, anyone?

Citations: Father Saves Son's Face From Flying Baseball Bat At Pirates Spring Training Game (CBS Pittsburgh)