Dad goes after baseball at spring training game, lets son roll down hill

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Video of a Florida dad's decision to chase a baseball -- and let go of a wagon with his son inside -- has gone viral.

On Monday, Derek Shrader took his wife and two young kids to a spring training game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

When a ground-rule double to center field jumped the fence, it landed in front of Shrader's family. Instinct set in, and Derek ran for the baseball.

"I was screaming, 'Babe, babe! Get the baby!" said his wife, Corale.

Corale was holding her baby girl and watched as her husband loosened his grip on the wagon carrying their 4-year-old son Jordan. She tried to catch the wagon as it slid down the slope of the hill they were standing on.

"I had my daughter in my arms so I was trying to run down but at the same time it was wet, so I just screamed for my husband." Corale said.

Derek, did double back just in time, making the most important catch of the day -- he stopped Jordan from slamming into a chain-link fence at the bottom of the hill.

"I wanted the ball," said Derek.

Despite a swarm of social media, Corale said she understands her husband's explanation.

"He wanted the ball," Corale said. "He wanted the ball for his son."

Corale said she's over it now and her husband is no longer in the doghouse.

Even though little Jordan was never in any great danger, Corale is glad she made sure he was wearing his seatbelt in the wagon.


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