This Week in Foul Balls (Week 16: July 24 – July 30): A Tigers Vendor, Chris Christie Returns 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

  • 93 #MLB fans hit in head area in 115 days (July 30)
  • 41 admit being distracted by phone (%)
  • 6 too drunk to move
  • 1 Hit TWICE!
  • 21 injured going 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 love the reactions kids have at games. They are adorable. And while this young man ended up crying, because he’s obviously devastated after his dad failed to snag a foul ball at a Texas Rangers game last week, he’s still cute.:

Everyone who follows me and reads my work knows I’m a devoted and somewhat outspoken Detroit Tigers. Knowing this, I try to not load my work with Tigers reference, but you have to check out this vendor at the Kansas City Royals –  Tigers game last week. He made catching a foul ball look ridiculously easy:

I know, I said I try to balance things out and not favor the Tigers in my work, but I can’t help it when Detroit Tigers fans and vendors doo nifty things in the same week. So now, check out this Tigers fan who goes all out to make an epic foul ball catch. All it took was diving onto the visitors’ dugout.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

This is pretty standard. Fan goes for ball. Fan misses ball. Fan had a beer in one hand. Fan somehow loses that too. It’s still fun to watch.

I really shouldn’t give the guy any more publicity, but he’s so out there that I feel compelled to advertise his sheer stupidity and unprofessionalism. Chris Christie was at it again. This time at a Milwaukee Brewers game.

At last week’s crosstown rivalry between the Chicago White SoxChicago Cubs a kid got nailed in the face with a foul ball. Usually, I’d hear a bunch of whining about how this proves we need extra netting in the Major League Baseball parks (and in MiLB ones too), but the pro-netters actually ended up being silent on this. Perhaps because the young man was actually actively going for the foul ball. He looks like he even had a glove. You be the judge.

As you might know, I push for fans to pay attention. I don’t believe, after seeing foul ball facial numbers remain around the 73% mark as self-induced injuries, fans are taking responsibility for their own actions. This New York Yankees fan was caught not paying attention to the game at all and paid the price. But alarmists like those at the New York Daily News think this is a perfect example of why netting is needed. Ugh


Honorable Mentions

Criticize fans for not giving up their foul ball snags all you want. But I’m of the opinion that if you snag it, it’s 100% your decision on whether or not to keep it. I support this fan, who caught foul ball, but doesn’t share with a crying kid.

I’m just throwing this in because the story highlights how season ticket holders ABHOR extra netting. It’s a great piece: “Eyesore or Blessing? New Safety Feature at Citi Field Divides Fans”.