This Week in Foul Balls (Week 4: April 24-30): Werth-while Smile, Bucknor Buckles Over, and Longoria’s Foul Fair Ball

And the foul ball fun keeps on 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

  • 31 #MLB fans hit in head area in 4 weeks (30 days) (April 24-30)
  • 13 admit being distracted by phone (41.9%)
  • 3 were ricochets
  • 1 too drunk to move
  • 6 dove for a foul ball

The Hall of Fame

What Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria did last week isn’t unique, but at the same time it is. This has happened a few times, but generally the balls don’t have THIS much spin on them. This was hit a good five feet into foul territory and found its way back to fair territory. Just wathc this. 

Someone is trying out for the team! You have to appreciate it when the ballpeople sacrifice their bodies, even if they end up in an epic fail. Like last week when a San Francisco Giants ballguy valiantly laid out for a foul ball, but came up short. 

Buster Posey has some quick hands! He made this snag look hard, but like Umpire Angel Hernandez below, he made a great snag all the same. 

Now THIS is what baseball is about! The fan interaction, those HUGE smiles on the face of kids when they get a ball. We could all remember to focus on these things. It’s hard for adults to remember why we love the game when so many “fans” are trying to ruin things with added netting and filing frivolous lawsuits, but this young lady—and Jason Werth—show us why the game is so damned great: 

Well now, this is something you don’t see often…if at all. It’s certainly a different kind of snag in foul territory. Check out what is was that Umpire Angel Hernandez caught in foul territory

The Hall of Shame/Lame

Should we start calling him “Bad Luck Bucknor”? Last week, the poor guy took a foul to just under the mask and had to leave game. Dude literally can’t “catch” a break!

Being a devout Detroit Tigers fan, I’m a bit embarrrassed by this, but I’m nothing if not fair in my critiques. Umbrellas, as Andy Zlotnick knows, do NOT protect you from foul balls. Just saying. 

Another father endangers his child….and brags about it on YouTube! Dude. You’re a DUD, NOT a DAD.


Honorable Mentions

Here’s a very nice barehanded catch out of San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park: 

Is this the 1st foul ball snag for any basketball coach? Check out the play that gets Oakland’s Greg Kampe to celebrate his first foul ball.

Sure it’s been done a lot, but does seeing a Popcorn Popup snag EVER get tiring? Not for me!