PHOTOS: Fan saves kid from flying baseball bat

Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 13:02:57-05

These photos put the phrase "split-second decision" into profound perspective.

During Saturday's spring training game between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates in Florida, a bat went flying into the stands and was on a direct path for a young fan who appeared to be looking down at his phone a second earlier. 

Fortunately, a quick-thinking fan stuck his arm out in the nick of time -- and possibly saved the boy's life.

These photos are exactly why Major League Baseball recently decided to expand safety netting in each MLB stadium.