This Week in Foul Balls (Week 11: June 12-18): Kid Reactions, Maddon Ejected, Dented Beer and More!

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


62 #MLB fans hit in head area in 78 days (June 18)

25 admit being distracted by phone (40%)

5 too drunk to move

13 injured diving for a foul ball

69.4% of all head area injuries reported on Twitter were 100% avoidable.


The Hall of Fame/Fun

Check out this fan foul ball play at the June 14 Texas RangersHouston Astros. IT’s a good one. This is truly a new one. Check out the dent on the bottle!

Fantastic! I love seeing kids’ reactions to snagging a foul ball. This one, by a young Detroit Tigers fan, is priceless!

This young fan at the Arizona DiamondbacksPhiladelphia Phillies game definitely has his priorities straight: 

The Hall of Shame/Lame

Why do so many people celebrate these parents? It’s disgusting to me. I’m not going to mince words. These parents are horrible. I’m talking about parents like this man who catch foul ball with an infant in their arms:

This is one of the most ridiculous ways to shorten the game ever. I thought I was reading The Onion for a bit, but it appears they are very serious.

Honorable Mentions

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was ejected after arguing over Anthony Rizzo’s “foul ball HR” last week. Personally, after reviewing it many times, I’m convinced Maddon was right to complain. Just another reason MLB needs “foul ball” cameras that point down each line from right behind home plate.