This Week in Foul Balls (Week 10: June 5-11): Choo Surrenders, The Durham Bull Camera Guy and a Nice Job Around the Bases

The wonders of the foul balls for the 2017 baseball season continue! Welcome back to this week’s version of “TWIFB Notes” (This Week in Foul Balls) in which hornets are features, not the Charlotte Hornets, but pissed off fling bugs with stingers. 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. This is the count after three weeks of play.


Foul Ball Facials re: Twitter


58 #MLB fans hit in head area in 69 days (June 11)

23 admit being distracted by phone (40%)

6 were ricochets

5 too drunk to move

13 injured diving for a foul ball

81% of the injuries were wholly avoidable


The Hall of Fame/Fun

Aaawwww. How sweet is this? This9 young guy snagged a foul ball…and then check out his sister’s reaction. It’s adorable!

The Washington Nationals Bryce Harper didn’t do anything new last week, but ripping the hide off the ball still is rare enough and impressive enough to warrant rating in the Hall of Fame. Check out the ball. A good rip! HAHA!!!

The Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez belted a foul ball 480 feet. There’s not much more you can say. Just watch the video.

Wow. The foul ball is the most amazing non-hit hit of baseball. They are coveted and deadly. Like this ball hit by the Texas Rangers’ Nomar Mazara, after which his teammate, Shin-Soo Choo waved the white flag of surrender after the ball narrowly missed him.

Holy COW!!! The Durham Bulls have the distinction of having the greatest foul ball snag I’ve seen in my 5 years of doing foul ball related work. This camera guy, Chris, is my foul ball hero, and I’m convinced there’s no other foul ball snag this season that will be better:



Not sure WHY he needed to, but after dodging a foul ball, Pittsburgh Pirates Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen paused to bang out some push-ups while on third.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

Ugh. Some fans. Last week one fan decided to use her beer to shield herself from a foul ball. Not exactly the most effective way to protect yourself…as you can see.

I feel a bit bad for this Cincinnati Reds ballboy. I’m pretty sure he no longer has a job. This was an honest mistake. BUT, it probably would have only been a single, not a ground-rule double.


Honorable Mentions

McCutchen wasn’t the only ball player to get some added exercise during the game. The Chicago CubsJason Heyward decided to go for a jog around the bases on a foul ball. Granted, he didn’t realize it was a foul ball at first.