PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a special moment for one particular nine-year old boy, Tyler, and his family on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
With two outs, in a 0-0 game between the Padres and Phillies, Padres catcher Rene Rivera harmlessly hit a foul ball along the first base line, directly above the Phillies dugout. Although the ball went foul and no out was recorded, you can argue that the catch of the game happened next, as Tyler snared the ball with his glove.
“I was really excited when I caught it,” Tyler told CBSPhilly.com.
Tyler’s father, who made the viral catch (watch the catch here), Rob called into Mike & Ike on 94WIP on Friday to explain what he called a “priceless experience” for him and his family, as Rob’s father and brother were in attendance as well.
“If you look at it quickly, he [Tyler] actually caught the ball right on top of my dad’s head,” Tyler’s father Rob told WIP’s Michael Barkann and Ike Reese. “We had him down for a Father’s Day present.”
“They didn’t know where the ball was,” Tyler explained to CBSPhilly.com. “They thought it was on the other side [of my grandfather].”
After the game, Tyler’s uncle had some fun with Tyler over the catch.
“In the car my brother and my little son, they were arguing over who called for it,” Rob said.
“My uncle was going crazy that I caught the ball,” Tyler added.
Listen to Rob’s call on 94WIP below:
Of course, the cherry on top for the family of Phillies fans came in the bottom of the ninth inning, when Reid Brignac hit a three-run walk-off home run to win it for the Phils.
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