Shaun Cunningham, from Florida, took his son Landon out for a Major League baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates for his ninth birthday on March 5. Little did they know this match would make them famous all over the world.
Somewhere along the game, Pirates player CF Andrew McCutchen swung his bat a little too hard and managed to lose it among the cheering crowd. The flying bat’s unwitting target just happened to be little Landon.
The kid, busy sending a picture of the match to his mother, didn’t notice the bat coming his way. But luckily for him, his dad did. And so did sports photojournalist Christopher Horner who caught the exact moment Mr Cunningham stuck his hand out and blocked the bat from hitting Landon, saving him a trip to the emergency room.