This Week in Foul Balls (Week 13: July 3 – July 9): Parents Endanger Baby at MiLB Game, Longoria Gives It His All, and More

 And the foul ball fun keeps on going and 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, 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

  • 79 #MLB fans hit in head area in 98 days (July 9)
  • 34 admit being distracted by phone (%)
  • 5 too drunk to move
  • 1 Hit TWICE!
  • 17 injured diving for a foul ball

This comes out to 74% of fans somehow managing to contribute to their own injuries. How’s someone get hit TWICE at same game? You’d think after you were on your phone the first  time, you’d get a clue and pay attention. Ugh.

 

The Hall of Fame/Fun

You gotta love total dedication. Last week, during a Tampa Bay RaysChicago Cubs game, Evan Longoria showed his commitment to snagging foul balls as he’s seen here tumbling into stands trying to chase down a foul ball. He missed it, but an A for A-Effort.

These types of actions by young fans will always get into the Hall of Fame section here. Watch as this young Oakland Athletics fan selflessly gives the foul ball he caught to a younger fan:

Way to go San Francisco Giants. The team’s recruiting senior ballplayers for their foul “ball dude and dudette” positions. So now the guys and gals get to show off their skills to become one. How cool is that?

 

The Hall of Shame/Lame

I’m not going to mince words. This is a PERFECT example of what I constantly say about these parents who go for foul balls at games while holding their kid. This is an I TOLD YOU SO moment if there ever was one. WHO THE HELL BRINGS THEIR BABY TO A GAME & SITS THAT CLOSE?!? To be perfectly honest, I hope these parents are arrested or at least charged with child endangerment. If mothers who do drugs while pregnant are arrested for endangering their child, SURELY these idiot parents should be too. I’ve written to MLB SEVERAL times about creating family sections, but they’ve ignored me. Granted, this was at a minor-league game, but the teams could easily sit babies in the upper decks in the outfield to better protect the babies from their dumbass parents. What’s happened to using common sense?!?

This case is clear: The parents exercised NO common sense. And now, who knows what will happen to the baby. They might be brain damaged. And it’s ALL because of the parents’ CHOICE to sit with their baby in a high foul ball area. As a dad of two, I’ve never say either of my kids in a high foul ball zone as babies. Now that they’re a bit older, we are creeping closer to the dugout, but we always try to get them in the outfield. Why? Because I know/we know the dangers, as any and every so-called fan should.

These parents are the epitome of horrible parents. They took the child’s life from it. They need to live with what they did to the kid. They willfully endangered the baby’s life. And they

 should be punished accordingly. This will finally send a message to parents who bring their babies to games and try catching foul balls while holding them. I TOLD YOU SO.

 

While there were rumors of a female fan getting nailed TWICE by foul ball in same game—which has actually happened a few times, and all of them have been women—and another woman nailing her head on the concrete after going for a foul ball, the really shameful thing was this guy in this picture via @MKPGH. The man is holding on to the netting. And the ball just misses him. All these proponents of extra netting need to take note at the VERY dumb things fans do when they think they are protected. This was at the July 7 Pittsburgh Pirates – Chicago Cubs game. While I can’t find a video of it, you can see it on Twitter. The fan clearly forgot the purpose of netting.

 

Honorable Mentions

Boston Red Sox hurler Chris Sales made a nice foul ball snag…while in the dugout. Mad props, Sales: 

Here’s this fan at the July 6 Oakland AthleticsChicago White Sox game making a nice snag on a foul ball using his hat. It’s not the typical “hat trick”, so it gets a little nod here: 

The title pretty much says it all: Few things are more fun than a caught foul ball.

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