Gator makes heroic one-handed catch at baseball game

UF alumnus saves elderly man.

Mitch Davie (BSSPM '09) of Orlando catches bat and saves elderly man.

UF Alumnus Saves Baseball Fan

While taking in a spring training baseball game in Kissimmee between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays last Friday (March 4), UF sports management alumnus Mitch Davie (BSSPM ’09) of Orlando had an opportunity to test his reflexes. A bat, swung by Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, slipped out of his hands and flew toward an elderly man in the stands. Without hesitation, Davie – with a beer in his left hand – grabbed the bat with his right hand. Although others around him ducked and flinched, Davie made the catch and earned the gratitude of fellow fans. Florida magazine reached Davie yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about his experience.

“Well, my initial reaction was just catch the bat! I really never thought about getting out of the way, my first instinct was to time the bat speed and catch it.  My friend was pretty happy, as well. He’s the one in the sunglasses. It was just a few of my friends that all got together to go to the game and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Davie says. “It’s funny because I sort of sat down right afterwards and fans told me to stand up so I hoisted the bat in the air as people took pictures. [I didn’t spill] a drop of my Red Stripe!”

“I’ve had family all over the country, as well as friends who have seen me on various shows. I also did a radio show yesterday about it,” says Davie.

Davie, who offered a big “Go, Gators!” to all of his fellow UF grads out there, offered some advice in case any other Gator fan encounters the same situation.

“If you see a bat flying at you, duck!”

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