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
- 85 #MLB fans hit in head area in 108 days (July 23)
- 38 admit being distracted by phone (44.7%)
- 5 too drunk to move
- 1 Hit TWICE!
- 18 injured diving for a foul ball
This all means that at least 73% of the foul ball injuries in parks are due to the fans themselves. They are avoidable.
The Hall of Fame/Fun
I know it seems mean to put something like this in the “Fame/Fun” category, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t get a little bit of pleasure seeing a fan do what this San Diego Padres fan did while going for a foul ball?
Broadcasters are some of the coolest people when it comes to foul balls. San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper is no excpetion to this coolness. Here, he surprises a fan in the stands who dropped foul ball.
Playing baseball, even just being on the field, works up an appetite. Just ask Louisville Bats 3B coach Darryl Brinkley who last week traded a foul ball for cotton candy and concessions treat to be named later.
The Hall of Shame/Lame
I can’t imagine anything ever beating this play for the top spot of all time. Did you happen to see New Jersey “governor” Chris Christie’s foul ball snag at the New York Mets – St. Louis Cardinals game? Once it was made known it was Christie you can hear the boos. LOTS of them. Dude. You deserved the boos. Close down beaches then go? You’re a tool. Is it any wonder barely anybody celebrated with you? I’m sure the dad of the kid you gave the ball to, after you egotistically signed it, probably got so much grief from it, he tossed the ball in the garbage at some point. And the commentator comment? Priceless.
Of course it was a Detroit Tigers fan who had to take the only other “Shame/Lame” moment for the week and a half after the All-Star Break. Now I get to be briefly embarrassed for the team I grew up with. This guy looks like a bungling fool…which means he IS on given the video proof we have here:
There’s no video for this. This is me pointing my finger and saying, “I told you so.” Netting is ticking off season ticket holders all over Major League Baseball. The people who pay the big bucks to be close and personal with the players are getting screwed over because of a bunch of whining, sniveling little babies who can’t use common sense and sit in a safer spot in the ball park to avoid being hit by a foul ball.
It’s nothing new by any means, but “Beer Chug Lady” is still fun to watch:
This batboy had it rough, but it’s certainly not a “miracle”: