Created: 05/27/2014 6:58 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Things were going well for the Arizona Diamondbacks last Saturday in Phoenix. It was the bottom of the eighth, and the Diamondbacks led the Dodgers 16 to 7 when Paul Goldschmidt stepped to the plate.
With a crack of the bat, the voice of the announcer clearly showed his excitement.
“Oh... that ball is gone!” was the cry heard on the television broadcast of the game.
Chris Cauthen was seated in the outfield bleachers. He had his eye on the ball as soon as it left the bat.
“I knew it was going to be close I knew it was going to be in our area,” Cauthen said.
Nothing was going to keep him away from a trophy ball this time. The long-time Diamondbacks fan said home run balls have fallen all around his section before.
There was one problem, though.
Cauthen was holding his one-year-old daughter in his arms. She had slept through the first few innings but woke up and was fussy. While Cauthen’s wife made a bottle for the little one, he took over daddy duties.
“I was holding her, and the ball was hit and I saw it and I got up and caught it,” Cauthen said.
He explained it away, as if this were something that happened every day, something that everyone could do.
Cauthen, made the snag with relative ease, stumbling back onto the stairs with little Kaley Marie safely in his right arm and the prized home run ball in his left hand. The little one, though, didn't seem to share his excitement.
The video from the game that night shows she was largely unimpressed with dad's snag.
Cauthen said he got a little caught up in the moment, barely aware that he still had the youngster in his right arm.
“I was for a second. Then that all kind of went out of my head, when I saw the ball coming,” Cauthen said.
Even after the catch, Cauthen’s excitement didn’t excite his daughter. “I freaked out, I was so excited, I had such an adrenaline rush, I stood up and started yelling.” In the video, now seen all around the country, Kaley Marie shows no emotion while her father presumably screams at the top of his lungs.
He gave the ball to his six-year-old son, fellow Diamondback’s fan Andrew.
“After I handed him the ball I got kinda emotional because it has always been a dream. A dream come true,” Cauthen said.
Watch Cauthen's catch below, courtesy of MLB.com: