This Week in Foul Balls (Week 12: June 26 – July 2): Verlander Continues to Complain and Puig Licks His Bat

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. Welcome to Week 12 of 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

70 #MLB fans hit in head area in 90 days (July 2)

29 admit being distracted by phone (41.4%)

5 too drunk to move

15 injured diving for a foul ball

As you can tell, the numbers indicate that 70% of fans at MLB games who’ve been hit in the head area, as reported on Twitter, were hit due to their own negligence or actions. Let’s not let the Nanny State win. Aside from that disturbing fact, there were some fantastic foul ball related events last week. Check them out:


The Hall of Fame/Fun

Wow. I’m never seen anything like what Winnepeg Goldeyes catcher Mason Katz did. Check out the reflexes…and a whole lotta luck! There’s no suitable way to explain what he did. You just have to watch the video:



I’m a devoted, lifetime Detroit Tigers fan, so naturally, I’m predisposed to finding things Tigers players do (with the exception of Justin Verlander, whom I find to be a whining baby most of the time, finding excuses for his failures in baseballs, fans and everyone BUT himself). So, when I saw Ian Kinsler snag this bullet of a foul ball while casually standing in the dugout, I had to add it. Here, he shows off his great hands by barehanding a foul ball in the dugout.

We’ve seen how hungry players get on the field. Prince Fielder was well known for snatching some nachos from a fan after he missed a foul ball. Miggy’s done it too. But it’s always been finger foods. So when I saw what the Milwaukee Brewers’ Orlando Arcia did, I was grossed out a bit, but it’s also one of the most original player-fan interactions ever. Check it out: Arcia chases a foul ball, misses it and instead steals a bite of ice cream

The Hall of Shame/Lame

At an Arizona Diamondbacks game last week, a fan was taken to the hospital after being struck in head by foul ball. Here’s an I TOLD YOU SO from me. Netting gives a false sense of security. The fan was hit because the ball appeared to be headed for the netting, plus replays appear to show the fan NOT paying attention, so this ended up being a double-whammy and a perfect example of why extended netting places fans in MORE danger than the netting previously installed. Fans don’t think they have to react, despite evidence to the contrary. This fan learned this lesson the hard way. ALWAYS pay attention.

Honorable Mentions

File this under weird, more than anything else. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig LICKS his bat after a foul ball. Huh? I don’t know what to make of it.  ESPN VIDEO

Oh yeah. Way to sneak in there kid! This young fan used his size to his advantage, sneaking into the gap left by the adults to snag a foul ball. Color me impressed by his foresight.