This Week in Foul Balls: Belt, Bucknor, Banister, Barnes and Bad Parenting during Week 3 (April 17-23)

Welcome back to the 2017 season 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:

  • 28 #MLB fans hit in head area in 3 weeks (22 days)
  • 12 admit being distracted by phone (42.8%)
  • 3 were ricochets
  • 6 dove for a foul ball


The Hall of Fame

Just for fun Cano and Hernandez “turned a double play” on a foul ball. It’s just good clean fun. Why not goof around some?


Mr. Puig may be one heckuva player, but sometimes even the best struggle to do something. Such was the case last week when Puig tried to toss a foul ball to a fan…several times. Third time ended up being a charm.


Did you see this? During the San Francisco Giants –  Colorado Rockies game Belt belted a foul that got stuck in dugout fence. Crazy angle and wicked exit speed on that ball.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

It was a VERY bad week for Washington Nationals – Atlanta Braves umpire CB Bucknor, who revised a foul ball call to end game but not end it–similar to Joyce bad call last season. It’s kinda hard to explain. Just check it out. AND THEN he nearly blew another call!

It’s obvious which fans aren’t sure what the rules are for foul balls. They aren’t all that hard, but there’s always confusion. Take this play by Reyes who dropped a foul pop up, it’s ruled fair. People didn’t understand how it’s fair. Fly fouls are treated the same as any other fly ball, so if a player botched in fair territory. 

This is a new one on me. Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes was ejected throwing at Manny Machado although Machado, while ducking, ended up hitting a foul ball. Ejected for a…foul ball?!? He joins Banister and Bucknor in the most bizarre foul ball events of week 3. 


That’s a bit bizarre, right?

Then there’s this lady who, like Andy Zlotnick, was well aware of the dangers of sitting in this area os seating. However, apparently she’s unable to read, listen and/or comprehend the vast variety of warnings at each ballpark, because she thinks she should be compensated for her injury: 


Seriously people. WTF is going through a person’s head when they trample their daughter to get to foul ball? Explain the logic to me. You shover her out of the way, over a seat, dive for the ball, then THINK you can celebrate? That’s one of the dumbest things ever. Another parent endangering their child. When will it be too much? 

This is disgustingbehavior. I’m especially ashamed this this is a Detroit Tigers fan. I hail from Detroit, and this is flat out embaraasing to the team. All the people focusing on netting need to really look at the true danger in the park to kids: THEIR OWN PARENTS!

Personally, as a father of two, I think parents like this should be escorted out. I’ve argued that Major League Baseball needs family specific sections. If this child would have gotten hit, that dad would ahve raised holy hell. But the fact is, THESE are the types of people who are more concerned about themselves than their kids. Arrest parents like this.

Oh brother. People focus WAY too much on the wrong things. Last week Albert the Alligator saves a kid from a pop-up foul ball over the screen at a UNC game. Insterad of focusing on the parents NOT being ANYWHERE in the picture, people went gaga over Albert saving the kid then getting CPR from teh kid. What everyone, especially news outlets, SHOULD have focused on are the parents who abandoned their kid! The REAL HEADLINE should have been: “Parents leave son unattended. Child nearly injured by foul ball. Parents arrested for child neglect.” 


Honorable Mentions

Texas Rangers skipper Jeff Banister has a rough week. He’s the first coach I recall ever being evicted for arguing a foul ball. Sorry Skip, but good looking out for your team.

Beer guy gets hit by foul ball in testicular region. Need I say more? 


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