Boy Almost Hit In Face With Bat Because He Was Too Busy Staring At His Phone

08/03/2016 09:51 GMT | Updated 08/03/2016 10:59 GMT

Smartphones are great, we get it. For starters they're incredibly distracting, which can also be great, unless of course there's a giant baseball bat flying towards your head.

Funnily enough a boy found himself in that exact position just a few days ago after becoming wholly engrossed in his phone at a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves.

Thankfully for this young millennial an eagle-eyed adult was on hand to offer a sacrificial arm, which he placed directly in the path of the incoming missile.

The astonishing photos were captured by Christopher Horner, a sports photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Now we think it's probably fair to say that it's unlikely that boy will be finding himself overly distracted at a sports game anytime soon.

Joining an illustrious group of us (we've all done it) that have found our phones to be more engaging than real-life the kid is arguably one of the luckiest.

A sign of the times. #canon_photos

A photo posted by Eric J. Smith (@esmith_images) on

At least he can be thankful that he didn't do anything worse, like fall into a lake...