This Week in Foul Balls (April 22-28): Justin Verlander Continues Being an Ass(tro), A Brawl Over a Foul Ball and More

The 2018 MLB baseball season rolls on, and with it the foul ball fun keeps on going and going. Welcome back to this week’s 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, my 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 22 weeks of play:

#MLB #FoulBallFacials via Twitter 2018 RUNNING TOTALS through April 28, 2018:

Day 4/21:  63 total

  • 7 Just flat out hit (11.1%)
  • 15 Using phone/not watching (23.8%)
  • 2 PARENTAL NEGLECT! (1 gave son bloody nose!)
  • 3 Ricochet
  • 34 going for ball (53%)
  • 2 Other (food/alcohol)
  • 1 BRAWL!! (Anaheim)
  • 11 net fails
  • 31 happy, smiling kids who are pumped to have gotten a ball.

 

Compare to last season stats:

126 total

  • 61 Using phone
  • 17 due to PARENTAL NEGLIGENCE!
  • 8 DRUNK
  • 32 going for ball

93.6% Self-inflicted injuries

 

THE GREAT AND VERY GOOD

If you’ve been reading this column for the last few seasons, you know I always seek out non-MLB stories about foul balls too. They’re not always easy to find, but here’s one worth being ranked high…check out the moves of Jalen Hurts at Alabama softball game.

Generally, I’d put this in the “Honorable Mentions” section below if it happened later in the season, but check out this New York Yankees fan who’s set the bar high for catching a foul ball but losing all of his popcorn in the process.

These gloves aren’t unheard of. They’re not at all rare. But you gotta admit, they’re still really fun to watch. Check out this San Diego Padres at Petco Park who was ecstatic when he caught a foul ball.

THE HORRIBLE AND NOT-SO-GOOD

This is the video of the brawl over a foul ball I mentioned last week. A VERY HUGE THANKS to Beer Force One (@A_dumbdumb) for sending it to me.

It’s no secret I am to loathe Justin Verlander. He’s an asshole, straight-up. Not only did he dumb his girlfriend of I don’t remember how long for a “super” model, but he’s blamed the baseball for his crappy pitching (something I pointed out was just him getting OLD), and he’s even told people to shut up with they don’t have a World Series ring (you know, because the average person plays professional baseball and could actually win one; what an idiotic statement by him), and there are sooooo many other instances of Justin Verlander being a dickhead. Here’s one more trip down Verlander Vileness. It’s appropriate he’s now on a team which starts phonetically with “ASS”.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Ouch. These are things we don’t like to see but are simply part of the game. Did you see Leonys Martin hit a foul ball off his groin last week during the Tigers vs. Pirates match-up? Eesh.