This Week in Foul Balls (Week 20: August 21 – August 27): The Washington Nationals Start Clean Snag Promo, White Sox Fan Has Ball Stolen and More!

Admittedly, weeks where there are few foul ball events are rare! But I blame it on the eclipse. This was a lackluster week for great things related to foul balls. Regardless, here we are. Week 20 of baseball is over, and the foul ball fun keeps on going and going an 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

110 #MLB fans hit in head area in 141 days

48 admit being distracted by phone (%)

6 too drunk to move

1 Hit TWICE!

24 injured going for a foul ball

This brings the average for avoidable facials to 71%. That’s how many faces could have been saved had the fan been paying closer attention.


The Hall of Fame/Fun

Top honors this week go to the Washington Nationals for starting a trial run for fan clean catches of foul balls and homers. The Nationals join only a handful of other teams with this promotion, one that helps encourage fans to pay attention. Here’s the article announcing it…you’ll see is mentioned.

This is a fun one. Last week during the Philadelphia Phillies – Miami Marlins match up, the Phillies’s Andres Blanco managed to hit a homer off his own face. Just have a look-see.

It happens a lot more often than one would think. More food is destroyed by foul balls than people’s faces. Here’s just one more example. During a Colorado Rockies – Kansas City Royals game last week, Trevor Story hit a foul ball that destroyed a fan’s enjoyment of some chocolate-covered strawberry kebabs.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

There was, oddly enough, only one Hall of Shame last week: This lady. What a piece of work. Watch as this White Sox fan retrieves a foul ball but has it snatched away by another fan, much to his surprise. It’s cool the White Sox did something for the fan.


Honorable Mentions

Check out what Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout managed to do to an ESPN camera with a foul ball.