A fan sitting in the first row of the outfield stands at Nationals Park on Sunday night made the best defensive play of the World Series thus far, taking a home run to the chest in order to protect the two beers he was double-fisting.
The viral moment took place in the second inning, when Astros outfielder Yordan Alverez opened up the scoring with a two-run home run over the wall in left field.
Standing just over the top of the wall was a Nationals fan in a grey shirt, who was carrying a Bud Light tall boy in each hand. Rather than drop one or both of his beers in an attempt to make a catch on the home run ball, the fan braced for impact, taking the Alverez dinger to the chest and preserving every drop of his beverages.
—FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2019
On Twitter, fans immediately recognized the fans heroism, and applauded him for his effort.
—Corbet Sandvick (@sandvick94) October 28, 2019
—Ben Palmer (@benjpalmer) October 28, 2019
—Scott G. Patterson (@ScottGPatterson) October 28, 2019
—Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 28, 2019
—Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) October 28, 2019
—Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 28, 2019
After tonight, the World Series will return to Houston to decide a champion for the 2019 season.
Should the Nationals find themselves in dire need of a backup catcher, I have a guy in mind.