June 19, 2013

Joe Torre's Daughter Makes Amazing Catch: Cristina Torre, the 44-year-old daughter of former Major League catcher and manager Joe Torre, saved a one-year-old boy who escaped a second-story apartment through a window and fell from an awning in New York City Wednesday. "The woman caught the baby," said Kristen Bramsen, 48. "The baby was shaken. Everyone was going up to the woman and hugging her. I hugged her."

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:27 PM - 5 comments

This is true heroism, and ought to be celebrated as such, unlike the PR-hyped star worship we mostly get. (Sorry but sometimes the cynicism of it gets to me.)

posted by billsaysthis at 12:38 PM on June 20

I guess I'll be 'that guy', but I doubt that many people when seeing a baby fall from a second story awning wouldn't at least attempt to catch the kid, even if only by instinct. Now, 4 stories and I probably have enough time to realize that catching the kid will probably be impossible and I'll end up with 2 broken arms and I turn into a matador.

That the person who had the chance to catch the baby had Joe Torre's genes is probably the miracle here.

posted by justgary at 05:04 PM on June 20

Holy shit. Read some of the comments re: her appearance on Deadspin. I'll leave it up to the individual to decide funny vs. just mean.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:14 PM on June 20

justgary, why you gotta be 'that guy'?! Or do you think star athletes really are heroes?

posted by billsaysthis at 09:32 PM on June 21

I think you overestimate the instinctive heroism of the average person, Gary. We all like to think we'd leap into action when trouble arises, but in my experience people are quite talented at avoidance.

I saw a pimp slapping a hooker around in broad daylight in Vegas once during an argument over money. My response was to activate my Somebody Else's Problem field.

I had a home run hit directly at me as I sat in the first row in left field at Arlington Stadium during a sold-out game. This was my shining moment. 43,000 pairs of eyes all turned my direction as the ball went right to me.

I froze. It hit the fence in front of my seat and fell into the area between the outfield fence and the stands.

The homer made SportsCenter and my moment of ignominy was caught perfectly on camera, to the delight of my friends once an hour for the rest of the day.

posted by rcade at 01:27 PM on June 22

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