PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The best catch at Citizens Bank Park on Mother’s Day came from a daring dad — with a baby strapped to his chest.
Phillies fan Mike Capko snagged a hard foul ball off the bat of the Mets’ Daniel Murphy with his left hand Sunday while sitting in the second deck behind home plate.
The 30-year-old Capko made the play with 7 1/2-month-old son Kolton cradled in a baby carrier. Capko said it was a natural reaction and that it was the first foul ball he’d ever caught. It also was the infant’s first game.
Capko, from suburban Conshohocken, flexed his arms in a muscle pose after the grab as the crowd roared and wife Alyssa smiled.
The fourth-inning catch in front of the owner’s box. Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. joked that he almost went into the stands to sign Capko.
The New York Mets beat the Phillies 7-4.