Major League Baseball ended the week of August 29-September 4, 2016 with over nearly 150 Foul Ball Facials (#FoulBallFacials) in 148 days of games in this MLB Foul Ball Week in Review. These are only those fans hit in the head area at Major League Baseball games as self-reported on Twitter. That equates to one fan per day of play. It seems like a lot, and it is, but it could be fewer since nearly 50% of these tweets indicate the fan wasn’t paying attention. To put that into perspective, it means roughly 65 fans (conservative estimate) would have avoided foul balls to the face had they not been buried in their phones.
But that’s not the only thing going on with foul balls this week. Here’s the rundown of the best and worst foul ball and fan-related actions from the past week:
TWO YEARS to SUE
It took this woman two years to decide to file a lawsuit. TWO YEARS. Notice the sign in the article? Why did it take 2 years?
The El Paso Chihuahuas may be home to the craziest, most bizarre foul ball turned fair ball in modern ball. It’s beyond explanation and description:
I like this piece. A lot. It is short, sweet and to the point. If you’re afraid for foul balls hitting you, then just stay home. It’s that simple.
This is a great example of why you need to remember that you CHOSE those Major League Baseball seats (or Minor League Baseball) knowing the potential danger. Don’t get me wrong. This is horrible. I wouldn’t wish this upon favorite pro-netter (though he’s already been hit and I guess keeps sitting in the same area in which he was originally hit—definition of insanity?).
STARTERS OUT EARLY DUE TO FOULS
This is a very interesting theory. I think it holds water. The theory is presented about half-way into the piece, and it suggests there are more foul balls which are driving up pitch counts. This increase then drives pitchers out early. It’s pretty close to what I’ve said in my own work here on FoulBallz.com.
BRING A GLOVE
So often, easily weekly, I read a post or tweet in which some person—99% of the time a guy—belittles a male fan for bringing a glove to a Major League Baseball game. They hate when I point out that they don’t say the same about women, and they don’t differentiate between regular fans and parents. I think brining a glove is a smart precaution regardless of who you are. So I applaud this guy.
KIDS SAVING ADULTS AND OTHER GREAT FAN PLAYS
We’ve seen it this season a few times, a kid saving an unaware adult, usually buried in their phone, not paying attention. Here’s another instance of a kid saving an unaware parent. This one is at the Tampa Bay Rays – Boston Red Sox game:
Astros fan snags nice one.
ANOTHER LOUSY BALLBOY
Teams really need to rethink their choices for ballpersons. This season has seen spectacular snags by ballgirls, and an in ordinate number of botched plays by ballboys. Here’s a perfect example of a ballboy not doing his job well. I’m hoping he really didn’t get beat up or chewed out by any of the guys in the Oakland Athletics bullpen, but he sure desreves a ribbign like the Tampa Bay Rays ballboy from last week:
CALM, COOL & COLLECTED
We hear a lot about no reaction time for foul balls. I think this ump makes a good argument for that not being accurate.
FOUL BALL UNCOVERED
Literally. The cover was ripped open. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Many players have done it. The fact it’s seen at least once every season, though, doesn’t make it any less cool.
THE FOUL BALL HALL OF SHAME
There’s another inductee into the Foul Ball Hall of Shame. This jerk wad jumped in front of a kid to grab a ball rolled to a kid. It was VERY clear it was for the kid. If you know him or see him, boo him.