'Popcorn Kid' catches foul ball at Pirates game

Lucas Spano of McKees Rocks was enjoying a bucket of popcorn at Friday's Pirates game, when he saw a foul ball headed his way.

In what can only be described as a one-in-a-million catch, Lucas, 17, held out the half-full popcorn bucket and made the catch.

"I was about halfway done, and the ball just started coming at me," he said. "I didn't want to try to catch it with my hand, because that probably would have hurt. So I held out the bucket."

The popcorn went everywhere, as did the replay of Lucas's startling catch. His friends made him change his Twitter name (his handle is @spino1235) to Popcorn Kid, and his new avatar shows the aftermath of the popcorn bucket spilling all over him.

On Saturday, Lucas returned to PNC Park to see the second game in the Pirates-Cardinals series, and got Mr. Carpenter to sign the baseball. 

Lucas said he attends about 20 Pirates games a season, and played eighth grade and freshman baseball. This year was the first year he said he didn't try out. 

He is having a little fun with the notoriety; seeing his face all over Twitter and the sports shows has been "pretty cool," he said. Lucas still has the ball, a foul hit by the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter in the third inning. 

Lucas feels good about the Pirates' chances this season, he said, predicting another appearance in the NL Wild Card game.

He'll be at tonight's Pirates game as they take on the Cardinals again, in his same spot in left field. And of course, he'll get an order of popcorn.

"I think I have to now," he said, with a chuckle. 


Kim Lyons: klyons@post-gazette.com. Twitter: @socialkimly First Published April 5, 2014 9:52 AM

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