This Week in Foul Balls (Week 19: August 14 – August 20): Joey Votto Acts Out, Excited Padres Fan and More!

Here we are. Week 19 of baseball is over, and yet 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 19 weeks of play:

Foul Ball Facials re: Twitter

  • 108 #MLB fans hit in head area in 136 days (Aug. 20)
  • 47 admit being distracted by phone (44%)
  • 6 too drunk to move
  • 1 Hit TWICE!
  • 24 injured going for a foul ball

This means that 71% of ALL foul ball injuries are self-inflicted due to NOT paying attention or otherwise diminishing their own capacity to move. What is most telling is the 44% of all foul ball facials reported on Twitter thus far, have been due to fans being ON THEIR PHONES! Nearly half! We don’t need netting; we need people to use common sense!


The Hall of Fame/Fun

Coach has some moves! Kinda. Not really. Still, you gotta appreciate the effort by the San Diego Padres’ third-base coach when Wil Myers lined a foul ball in his direction. I’m really surprised the “pro-netting” people aren’t calling for nets all over the field too!

This piece is perfect. It explains my views perfectly. The Nanny State has gotten out of control.

I can’t find the exact team or when this was, but this is well worth the Hall of Fame rating. Watch and listen to what happens when a foul ball hits a car at this game:

Players get hungry. The food is RIGHT there. Why not? Though, I guess if netting was up, fans couldn’t have their food stolen. So there’s that, right? Thus, when Gerardo Parra couldn’t reach a foul ball, he did the next best thing. He settled for a fan’s sunflower seeds.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

WOW! What a snag this young guy had, leaning a little over the edge. Watch this little San Diego Padres fan catch this Wil Meyers foul ball:

If you’ve read TWIFB often, you probably know my general feelings about Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. I’m not a fan, but I’m coming around with this gem. Votto chucks foul ball into the stands….oh wait, no he didn’t. He was attempting to get it to the roof. What’s wrong with this guy?

Wow. Lady. You deserve more than just to be in the Hall of Shame. At least she didn’t swipe it from a young kid. Here, this fan steals a foul ball from another fan at the Minnesota Twins matchup with the Chicago White Sox:

THREE YEARS! She didn’t realize there was an injury for THREE years? This is what extra netting does, it gives fans who weren’t paying attention an out, a way to scam the system. Putting up the netting now is tantamount to admission of fault. Get off your phone and pay attention! Can you believe that this woman is suing the Isotopes 3 years after being hit by foul ball

What happened here? Check out the Oakland A‘s ballguy who leaves Kansas City Royals reliever completely hanging after catch. Anger issues?


Honorable Mentions

During the Toronto Blue Jays – Chicago Cubs matchup last week, Jason Heyward ripped a foul ball down the right-field line. Check out how well the Chicago Cubs’ ballboy does knocking it down after it caromed off the side wall

Ouch. It’s one of the hazards of the job I guess. See how this first pitch misses the mark and nails the photographer? Ouch.