This is terrifying — but SO good on the dad for doing what he did!
Shaun Cunningham was at a spring training baseball game in Bradenton, Florida on Monday with his eight-year-old son, Landon.
They were there to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves get ready for the MLB season in a few weeks — but they got a whole lot more!
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Sitting down the first base line, Cunningham was watching as Landon snapped a picture on his phone to send to his grandmother — that's what kids do, after all — when Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz was fooled on a swing at the plate.
Unfortunately, the bat slipped from Ortiz's hands and came flying right for the child!
Reacting quickly, Cunningham stuck his hand out to deflect the flying lumber, saving his son's face with INCHES to spare and inadvertently being the subject of a truly incredible set of pictures (above)!!!
The dad was pretty mellow about the experience, telling reporters:
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