This Week in Foul Balls: Baseball is Back and So Is the Foul Ball Fun (Week 1: April 1 – 9)

Well, it’s back. Welcome to the 2017 season version of “TWIFB Notes” (This Week in Foul Balls). In this weekly post, I look at the best and worst foul ball moments in Major League Baseball…and sometimes Minor League Baseball…and sometimes softball and high school baseball.

First, our running total of foul ball hits in the facial area, or what I call “Foul Ball Facials”, as they are reported ONLY on Twitter.

16 #MLB fans hit in 1st week

7 admit being distracted by phone (44%)

3 were ricochets

5 dove for a foul ball
Note that 44% of those hit in the face–via ONLY Twitter reports–admitted they were distracted by their phone. That should speak for itself.

The Best

Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals tops the list of awesomeness for his behavior during the first week of Major League Baseball. This moment stems from yet ANOTHER jackass adult stealing a ball from kids. Okay. To be fair the guy just reached out and snagged it, but those kids were right behind him and they totally deserved that shot. BUT Gordon decides to do them a solid. Check out the video in the article.

File this one under “That’s a really nice thing to do” category. This Chicago White Sox fan got nailed in the arm by a foul ball. Unlike 99.9% of humanity, the person who ended up with the ball gave it to the guy who’d been hit. Class act.


Okay. Color me impressed. This Arizona Diamondbacks fan was definitely paying attention despite how it looks. Popcorn and phone in one hand, he makes a sweet snag on a foul ball. Impressive.

On the subject of one handed snags, how about this leaping one-handed grab at the Seattle MarinersHouston Astros game?


What about this young guy at the Los Angeles Angels – Oakland Athletics game? You just have to watch. 

Ain’t that just beautiful? THAT is what disappears with extended netting.


The Worst

Surprising as it is, there’s only one true worst this first week.

I don’t know what it is about people not being more attuned with their surroundings. But here’s our first entry into the “Why would you do that!” list. This so-called Boston Red Sox fan was, to put it lightly, a major tool. He just ripped the ball out of McCutchen’s hand, then yanked his hand away from another fan, and then had the audacity to think he was cool. What’s wrong with people?

Honorable Mentions

I never know where to put the “kid throws ball back” incidents. I hate to put a kid under “Worst” plays, but they certainly aren’t the best examples either. Regardless, I decided to put this young’un until the Honorable Mentions. While at an Oakland Athletics game, a dad snags a foul ball and, like any good parent would, handed it to his daughter…who promptly tossed it back onto the field.

This has been done a few times, but it’s still cool considering a hat can give way easily. This guy reeled in a foul using his hat.

This isn’t Major League Baseball or even Minor League Baseball, heck, it’s not even baseball, but this type of play is something I love to see…although it’s very destructive.

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