SAN DIEGO (NEXSTAR) – Multitasking is a way of life for moms, but one Padres fan took it to the next level Wednesday.
In the top of the sixth inning, cameras captured Lexy Whitmore wearing a Manny Machado jersey, baby Maverick under her left arm, reach back to snag a foul ball struck by Cubs pinch hitter Jake Marisnick.
“I just reached back and I grabbed it,” Whitmore, who grew up in East County, told FOX 5. “I didn’t think it was gonna turn into this whole huge viral thing. I just was catching the ball.”
Video shows the ball caroming off the upper deck and into the stands along the first base line where Whitmore made a sparkling play, according to MLB.com.
“This was quite the catch,” one announcer says.
“The right-handed grab and baby in tow,” his booth partner replies. “It’s a nice grab, be careful of the little one though.”
The infant, unaware of his mother’s fielding skills, appeared unbothered by the catch and subsequent celebration.
Whitmore says she grew up playing softball, soccer and field hockey. Her 9-year-old daughter, who was sitting next to her during the game, recently started softball this year, providing her plenty of chances to toss the ball around while still holding Maverick in one arm.
“Maverick was in my arms and, you know, the ball came at me and I just kind of knew that I could catch it,” she said. “I wasn’t worried about him or anything. It just kind of came to me. Here’s the ball now and I just grabbed it and snagged it.”
It was a highlight from an otherwise rough game for the Padres faithful, who watched their Friars go on to lose 3-1.
“I was pretty surprised that this went viral because I didn’t think it was that amazing,” Whitmore said. “But I think that it was and so many people are sharing it because it’s just a testament to what moms do every single day. Multitasking and getting their kids off to school and doing so many different things. That’s just kind of what I did yesterday.”