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
- 37 #MLB fans hit in head area in 36 days
- 14 admit being distracted by phone (37.8%)
- 3 were ricochets
- 1 too drunk to move
- 8 injured diving for a foul ball
The Hall of Fame
OH NO! This totally sucks! Did you hear about the foul ball that hit a hornets nest at a New York Yankees game? Ok. So this was Yankees story was satire and not real, but it’s still gets in the weekly HoF because it’s funny.
At one of last week’s Toronto Blue Jays – Tampa Bay Rays games a young Rays fan made a very nice grab on a foul ball. This kid has a nice vertical leap, beating two adults, one of whom can be seen trying to steal it from the kid. What’s wrong with people? Kid makes the snag, you back off and let him have it.
The right call. It really was. I’m always shocked by how few people know the foul ball rules. Take, for instance, the uproar about the Texas Rangers‘ Andrus’ RBI double. The original call was a foul ball, but then it was reviewed. The review showed this “foul ball” was actually a hit. People forget that a fly ball is treated as a any other fly until it hits the ground without interference. Why’s that so hard to understand? I AM surprised the ump botched this call originally.
Interestingly, this was SECOND time in a week an opposing player touched a double of Andrus’, making what would have maybe been two foul balls into fair balls.
There’s really no way to describe this scene. Check out how this minor league foul ball takes crazy hop right into a fan’s beer cup. Just wait til you see this:
The Hall of Shame/Lame
Boston Red Sox Fans are Racist at Fenway. Yup. Apparently there were a couple of these instances, one involving a player being called the “N word” and another in which a fan spewed racist comments at a fellow fan. One fan has been banned for life, the one who hated on the other fan. Baseball doesn’t have room for this crap. Baseball is a melting pot. It represents the best in the U.S. We welcome others. We are a blended nation. There’s zero room for such B.S. in our sport, and I’m glad to see the Red Sox have done something to send a message that MLB and baseball in general won’t tolerate this horrible behavior. So while the inicidents are in the Hall of Shame, the Sox’s response also puts thing in the Hall of Fame for the week.
And I thought I was gonna be lacking a really good Hall of Shame entry, besides the “Red Sox Racist.” Nope. A minor league fan saved me from just having one shameful act this week. Check out the moron at the Louisville Bats – Toledo MudHens game. What is wrong with people??
Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson was injured last week by a foul ball. Her hand stung after….ready for it?….after being hit by a foul ball….ready?…hit by a foul ball at her son’s baseball game. Also WHY is ET showing then as a BASKETBALL game and not a BASEBALL game?!?!
Check out the smile on this face. Guess who got themselves a Miggy foul ball! Hope he got his Oakland Athletics foul ball card!
Usually I see a lot more ballboy and ballgirl snags. This season is very quiet though. But here’s one. check out this Tampa Bay Rays‘ ballboy’s full-extension leap. It didn’t work, but he sure impressed the Toronto Blue Jays‘ bullpen. So there’s that, eh.