Beyond a Juan Soto home run in the seventh inning, the sole highlight from Game Five of the World Series, at least for Nationals supporters, was when a fan, double-fisting two beers, decided to take a home run ball off his gut instead of losing a drop of his precious alcohol. He ended up with the deflected home run ball too.
Jeff Adams‘ dedication to his beers got the attention of Bud Light. Now, they’re making sure he’s present for Game Six of the World Series in Houston.
Adams is a former spokesman for Lockheed Martin and AM General LLC. ABC7 News’ Victoria Sanchez caught up with Adams after the impressive catch that has since gone viral.
What a legend 🤣
This fan was double fisting with 2 beers and took Yordan’s home run ball to the gut! pic.twitter.com/9Tfi8uiyhy
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2019
Good job getting in front of this baseball and protecting the beer, my guy. pic.twitter.com/dkQLZPjaMp
— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 28, 2019
“Well, as I was coming down…having a few beers and I saw the ball come and I just went to catch it with my chest. Because my hands were full,” Adams said matter-of-factly.
The reporter mentioned that the moment was all over Twitter. Adams was a tad in the dark. “Am I on Twitter? I don’t know,” he said. After Sanchez confirmed that he was everywhere, Adams had a shy smile while answering, “You’re kidding me.”
According to Darren Rovell, the media value Bud Light received for the viral moment was $7.2 million.
The Washington Post also had the opportunity to chat with Adams. The technique he used when catching the ball was clearly key. He mentioned that he had a little league coach named Wayne Mitchell. Adams told Adam Kilgore at the Post that “[my coach] taught me how to put my chest in front of a ball and let it bounce in front of me. So put my chest in front of it, right? And I angled down. Sure enough, hit me right in the chest. Went straight down. And I got it.”
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 28, 2019
On Monday, But Light sent out a tweet a tweet looking to identify Adams.
— Bud Light (@budlight) October 28, 2019
A day later they found him. He will be attending Game Six at Minute Maid Park and will be wearing a t-shirt with his big moment on it.
Update: We are in contact with our hero. He’s wearing this beauty to Game 6. pic.twitter.com/CobFG9q8kC
— Bud Light (@budlight) October 29, 2019
Here’s hoping Adams can bring some good luck to his favorite team and possibly land another home run ball off his chest – this time from the Nationals. And who really cares if it hurts? As Adams told The Washington Post, “Listen. It’s a World Series baseball. I didn’t feel anything.”
Plus, if he has enough Bud Lights, that certainly help with the pain tolerance.
EPA photographer John G. Mabanglo, bless you for getting this shot of beer-wielding Nats fan taking a home run ball to the solar plexus pic.twitter.com/jYIykAGUuN
— Nate Scott (@aNateScott) October 28, 2019
Headline photo: Fox Sports/Bud Light
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