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What They Were Thinking

Fan tries to elude flying bat in the stands

Mike Gronke of Chicago tries to maintain control of his beer while eluding a bat after the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy lost his grip during an at-bat at Wrigley Field.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Mike Gronke of Chicago tries to maintain control of his beer while eluding a bat after the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy lost his grip during an at-bat at Wrigley Field.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

Up today: Mike Gronke of Chicago tries to maintain control of his beer while eluding a bat after the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy lost his grip during an at-bat at Wrigley Field. Above him to the right of the bat are Tyrel Vylasek of Great Falls, Mont., and Kent Botkin of St. Louis, Sept. 24, 2013.

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Said Gronke: “Murphy was at bat and he swung it hard. I’m looking at this thing and it was like it was in slow motion. Chuga, chuga, chuga. It was twirling. It started picking up speed, that’s when I turned and tried to catch it. It bounced off [one] hand and then it hit [the other] hand. I caught it as it was going down to the ground. It got me, just a little nick, no big deal. I just got it and the [security] guy told me I couldn’t have it because it was a lethal weapon. But he said I could have it after the game. I’m going to try and get it signed.”

Said Botkin: “Basically the bat just came whirling at us. My heart started beating fast. I thought we were going to get a bat. I tried reaching for it but that guy cut me off.”

Said Vylasek: “It was amazing. I was paying attention because it was coming right at us. I thought I was going down. But it fell short. I’m in the fourth row, and it hit the second row. If I got it I would have put it above my fireplace at home.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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