Major League Baseball ended the week of August 8-14, 2016 with over nearly 130 Foul Ball Facials (#FoulBallFacials) in nearly 130 games. These are only those fans hit in the head area at MLB games as self-reported on Twitter. That equates to one fan per day of play. It seems like a lot, and it is, but over 60% indicate they weren’t paying attention.
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:
FALLING for FOULS
I admire people who ignore their own personal safety to make a play. But running and leaning over a wall and falling horizontally into the seats is one thing. Jonathan Villar had a different take on this: He went vertical, horizontal and then vertical again, falling into a camera well.
First we had nacho ball, now nacho face. This fan, well, just watch.
SANTANA NAILED IN DUGOUT
Carlos Santana was nailed by a foul ball while in Indians dugout. I often have people tell me “There’s netting across the dugouts” as a reason players don’t get hit by balls into the dugout. That is only a perception though. Many players get slammed by foul balls into the dugout. Santan happens to be the most recent:
Hear the announcers discuss the need to pay attention? Even though there’s netting, notice how players sit with their heads above it in order to get a non-obstructed view of the play. Even players are annoyed by the netting, and they have the best seats in the house.
Speaking of foul balls being hit into dugouts, last week featured Taylor Featherston hitting a foul ball directly into the Phillies’ dugout trash can. Poor trash can.
Generally, fans simply try to duck out of the way when they aren’t interested in snagging a foul ball. But this Rangers fan had a different, more creative and less panicked manner of foregoing the ball: He rejects foul ball with his umbrella.
FOU BALL THEFT
Well, it’s not like this is a surprise. This season has seen a number of fans stealing fouls from players and other fans. This Mets fan isn’t really any different. Ho uses his had to steal a bouncing foul ball right out of Travis d’Arnaud’s glove. Thankfully it was on a bounce. Not sure why he thinks snagging a bouncing foul is a reason to deserve high fives, but it’s cool he got himself a souvenir without interfering with play.
GETTING CLOSE TO FANS
Baseball fans are always treated to the personal touch in baseball due to how seating is arranged and the ballparks are open, more so than in any other sport. Aside from the intimate moments between The Met’s Travis d’Arnaud’s contact with a fan and Joey Votto’s minor tirade the previous week, the past week gave us two more notable interactions:
First, Steven Souza Jr. gets up close and personal with some fans:
That just happens to be about 5 rows from where the double ball coming right at me was knocked down and away by a young Blue Jays fan with a glove.
Souza Jr.’s leap, though, isn’t a dramatic and potentially life changing as what the Astros’ A.J. Reed did. He got a bit too personal with a female law enforcement official.
Problem is, it was “fan” interference…or police … nah. That’s too soon. 🙂
HAMILTON TAKES ONE FOR THE TEAM(MATE)
Another incident regarding players hanging out over the protective netting because they don’t like the obstructed view. This foul ball was nothing like the one which took out Clevelant Indians player Carlos Santana, but it’s another great example of how netting is obstructs the view. In this case, the Reds’ Billy Hamilton “leaped” to protect Joey Votto, who seems to be in the news a lot this season when it comes to foul balls and fan interaction.