Rachel Paula Abrahamson
The father and son duo were watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Atlanta Braves in a spring training game in Orlando, Florida, when a bat flew into the stands. So Shaun did what any dad would do: He threw his arm up, and shielded his child’s face.
“I didn’t have time to think, it all happened so fast,” the Florida-based firefighter tells Us Weekly. “I just reacted and went into dad-mode to protect my son. My family is my life, everything I do is for them.
Landon was looking down at his phone to send his mother a text when Shaun saw the bat slip out of the hands of Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz. Photos of Shaun’s lightning-fast reflexes were captured by Tribune-Review photographer Christopher Horner. Within hours, the pictures went viral.
Rachel Paula Abrahamson, USWeekly, March 11, 2016