This Week in Foul Balls (April 15-21): Still Appalled that Eric Byrnes of MLB Network Would Endanger Son, a Hockey Clip, Braves Batboy Snag, and Ballhawk10000 Shows Us What Ballhawks Do

The 2018 MLB baseball season rolls on, and with it the foul ball fun keeps on 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, my 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 22 weeks of play:

#MLB #FoulBallFacials via Twitter 2018 RUNNING TOTALS:

Day 4/21:  55 total

  • 7 Just flat out hit (12.7%)
  • 14 Using phone/not watching (25.5%)
  • 2 PARENTAL NEGLECT! (1 gave son bloody nose!)
  • 3 Ricochet
  • 27 going for ball!
  • 2 Other (food/alcohol)
  • 8 net fails

Compare to last season stats:

126 total

  • 61 Using phone
  • 8 DRUNK
  • 32 going for ball

93.6% Self-inflicted injuries


The Great or Very Good

We’re not getting as many ball-person highlights this year as in seasons past. But here’s the first good one: “The Braves’ ballboy speared another line-drive foul ball — and made it look easy”  via @Cut4

I found this on Twitter: “The kid who just caught the foul ball in San Diego has a stuffed anteater and @Joe_Davis has said nothing!” Unfortunately, I can’t find any other information. But it’s still cool….right?

I’m not a fan of Joey Votto, so I’m not sure why I think Joc Pederson throwing a foul ball toward the heavens as Votto has is “Great” or “Very Good”, but I’m guessing I do because it’s not Votto. (April 19)


The Horrible and Not-So-Good

Umpire Jerry Layne ended up in some major pain after he took a Mike Trout foul ball off his arm. Is it any wonder he had to leave the game?

It’s not from the past week, but it’s so heinous I thought it was worth an encore here for another week. Eric Byrnes: With his kid in his lap, “knocking out civilians and spilling beer”. Yeah. Because going for a ball while your kid is on your lap is reason to celebrate. What a douche bag dad. Let’s all celebrate MLB Central’s approval of child endangerment!


Fan interference. I don’t get it. Check out this Braves fan who tries to steal a ball from Nick Markakis.

This one is cool. It shows you what ballhawks really do. Thanks to Ballhawk10000 for the video. Too many people misunderstand what ballhawks do. This shows you. These are the moments which are slowly dying as netting is put up. Sadly. But I have nothing but mad respect for super-uber fans like Ballhawk10000:


This is hockey, but it’s just too friggin’ cute to not show everyone. Seriously. So super cute!