And the foul ball fun keeps on going. 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, note that nearly 50% of the facials are a result of phone use or being too drunk, and nearly 25% other are a result of fans going for the ball:
- 41 #MLB fans hit in head area in 43 days (May 14)
- 15 admit being distracted by phone (36.6%)
- 3 were ricochets
- 5 too drunk to move
- 9 injured diving for a foul ball
The Hall of Fame
Hand-eye coordination is key to a successful athlete. The ability to keep your attention on the action and react quickly to it is paramount. And I think the Philadelpia Phillies just found a fan who possesses that important gift. Wach as he bobbles the foul ball 4 times and still manages to catch it.
I mention a lot about how seeing the joy on a child’s face when they get a baseball handed to them or they catch one at a baseball game is one of the greatest things to see in theworld. It’s moments like these that would disappear if the pro-netting campaign got their way. Look at the excitement on this young Texas Rangers fan’s face. Hear the sheer joy in her voice. This is what extended netting destroys…and in doing so, it destroys the very fabric, the very foundation of the core of baseball: Fan interaction.
AH! The ballpeople are finally finding their way back to the weekly review! Check out Tampa Bay Rays ball boy who saves Kansas City Royals‘ bullpen and fans from getting hit by foul ball. What a spectacular catch! Really, it’s bloody amazing!
Another play that earned high marks last week was this one: Not sure what Christian Vazquez, the Boston Red Sox‘s catcher, but he decided on an unconventional method. Here he literally throws his bat at a pitch for the most impressive foul ball.
The Hall of Shame/Lame
This opinion piece by Joe Nocera wiht Bloomberg: The Score: No Lawyers, No Nets, Dozens of Injuries. It’s one of the most poorly thought-out opinion pieces I’ve seen. Of course, it highlights my nemesis Andy Zlotnick, who whines constantly about being hit by a foul ball at a Yankees game and having to undergo eye surgery. What NOBODY in the journalism community does anymore, it seems, is perform due diligence anymore. Zlotnick stayed seated during a drizzle. During the drizzle, other fans raised their umbrellas. Zlotnick had FOU options: 1) stay in his seat knowing he couldn’t see anything well and risj being hit; 2) Ask the fans to lower the umbrellas so he and his SON could see the game; 3) Ask an usher to ask the fans; or 4) Walk to the concourse to watch the game like the majority of fans had done. Notice that only ONE of these four endangers Zlotnick and his son. He chose to remain seated, knowing the dangers doing so presented, and in doing so, also endangered his own son. How this guy keeps getting traction is beyond me. His case is one where he quite literally had a choice and made the one that endangered him. That, by legal precedent, means he contributed to his own injury through negligence. Yet Nocera and others fail to raise that point. As such, this is my only Hall of Shame/Lame this week.
Baseballs take wickedly crazy bounces often. Remember last season when one found it’s way into a nacho stand on the concourse? Now, check ouf how Miguel Sano’s foul ball bounces into garbage can
Personally, I love how everyone can get into the foul ball frenzy and snag a ball. This isn’t uncommon, but it’s still neat to see those working at games snag a ball, like this security guard who makes great snag: