Lucas Spano displays the baseball that landed in his popcorn tub at a Friday night Pirates game, when the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hit a foul ball. Carpenter signed the ball for Lucas on Saturday.
Lucas "Popcorn Kid" Spano of McKees Rocks poses here with his famous catcher's mitt. He nabbed a foul ball at the Pirates game against St. Louis with a half-full popcorn bucket.
By Kim Lyons / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
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