This Week in Foul Balls (Week 17: July 31 – August 6): Ballgirl Snag, Ballguy Snags, and a Bad Week for Cameras

Here we are in Week 17! 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

99 #MLB fans hit in head area in 122 days (Aug. 6)

42 admit being distracted by phone (42%)

6 too drunk to move

1 Hit TWICE!

21 injured going for a foul ball



The Hall of Fame/Fun

MAD respect for this ballgirl: During a San Diego Padres home game against the Minnesota Twins, this Padres ballgirl left Eduardo Escobar speechless with her foul-ball snag. Wow.


Speaking of cameras and baseball, it wasn’t the best week to be in the camera wells. Check out this Adam Duvall grounder into the well next to the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout when the Cincinnati Reds were visiting.

Abreu knocks over camera going for foul ball. Abreu shows good manners. This is what you’re supposed to do as an adult. Unlike others, like Joey Votto and Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce.

The Chicago Cubs decided to give Steve Bartman his own World Series ring. Yup. They did. I guess it’s a way to bury the past. I’m not so sure it wasn’t more of a dig at the guy, kind of a “Look what we did you jerk wad. It would have been sooner if not for you” gesture, but I’ll play along.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

FYI: On August 6 yet another idiot father held his child while trying to snag a baseball. What in the world is wrong with parents? I’ve decided that I will no longer include links and videos showing and discussing these so-called parents. I won’t publicize their stupidity and proclaim them “heroes”—which they aren’t by the longest stretch of the imagination.


Honorable Mentions

This isn’t as impressive as the leaping snag by the San Diego Padres ballgirl, but it still warrants a mention: Watch this San Francisco Giants ballguy make a between-the-legs play on a foul ball.


Then his balldude tried it too. Still not the greatest play, definitely not as impressive as the Padres ballgirl, but still a good fielding play: 

Dang! Gotta appreciate the quickness and hand-eye coordination of this Boston Red Sox fan last week. It’s a clean, quick snag: 

I deal with foul balls mainly, but this is worth a mention at least (it’s also a week late). It’s not every day that you see a ball bounce off the head of player, in this case it was Reno’s Zach Borenstein’s head, and over the wall for a homer.