Sometimes a beer can save you from a bad day.

That was certainly the case for a man at a Los Angeles Angels Spring Training game on Saturday, who used his beer can as a shield against a foul ball that was barreling in his date’s direction.

With the ball’s trajectory heading straight for his companion, the (face) masked hero thought on his feet, placing the can in front of her. The ball-to-beer-can collision then resulted in a bubbly shower that we’re more used to seeing with Champagne than beer, and one that usually marks a sporting victory rather than a lousy swing.

The man was rewarded not only with his heroic deed being immortalized by photographer Mark Rebilas on Instagram, but also with an autographed bat and some free beers. Not a bad deal!