The Astros taking a 3-2 World Series lead over the Nationals on Sunday night wasn’t the story of Game 5, the story was a man by the name of Jeff Adams taking a home run ball to the chest and not losing either of the beers he was double-fisting in the process.
Yordan Alvarez hit the home run just over the left-field wall in the second inning and there Adams and his two beers were, ready for the moment. He was ready to get that home run ball, but he wasn’t about to lose either of his Bud Light tallboys. It’s one of the most typical baseball fan, American moments ever.
Adams did succeed in taking home the ball, which is a testament to his athleticism and it turns out he’s been prepared for this sort of moment since his Little League days.
“I had a Little League coach, his name was Wayne Mitchell,” Adams said, standing in front of the in-stadium restaurant. “He taught me how to put my chest in front of a ball and let it bounce in front of me. So put my chest in front of it, right? And I angled down. Sure enough, hit me right in the chest. Went straight down. And I got it.”
What an unbelievable explanation. I’m pretty sure not a single person in history has told someone how to take a flying home run ball off the chest, but that’s fine. He’s clearly referring to a ground ball, but I guess the logic is the same when taking a fly ball to the chest too.
The best part? He said he didn’t feel the ball hit him at all. It’s not clear whether his technique or the alcohol was behind that part of the story.