It was not just another day at the ballpark last Saturday for long time Rangers fan Chip Stewart.
In his 30 plus years of attending baseball games, Stewart has never caught a foul ball, much less a bat.
The professor, who teaches on media law, was sitting with his family behind the first base dugout when Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton swung his bat into the crowd.
“I think the ‘dad’ reflexes kicked in and I just reached out and grabbed it,” the associate professor said.
— Chip Stewart (@MediaLawProf) June 23, 2012
That wasn’t the end of the experience though. Stewart’s catch made the 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. Top 10 Plays on SportsCenter.
Oh my goodness I just made SportsCenter!!!! #JoshHamiltonBatToss
— Chip Stewart (@MediaLawProf) June 24, 2012
“I’ve never been on a sports show before but that’s definitely been on a bucket list,” he said.
Before the game started Stewart said he joked on his comedic Twitter account saying if Josh Hamilton threw his bat at his family, that his family would throw their bats back at him since it was bat day at The Ballpark in Arlington.
It's bat day at the Ballpark. My seats are behind #Rangers dugout. If Hamilton throws his bat at my family, we're throwing our bats at him.
— The Strangers (@TexasStrangers) June 23, 2012
Stewart did not get to keep the original bat that was thrown at him but a security guard did trade with him for another one of Hamilton’s bats.
“It’s a real bat with pine tar all over it, kind of dirty,” Stewart said. “It’s a Louisville Slugger that has Jeremiah 29:11 inscribed on it.”