This Week in Foul Balls (Week 8: May 22-28): Security Guards, Hat Catch & More Self-Inflicted Foul Ball Injuries

And the foul ball fun keeps on going. Welcome back to this week’s version of “TWIFB Notes” (This Week in Foul Balls) in which security guards are surprisingly prominent figures and fans are injring themselves in droves. 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 seven weeks of play:

  • 50 #MLB fans hit in head area in 57 days (May 28)
  • 19 admit being distracted by phone (38%)
  • 6 were ricochets
  • 5 too drunk to move
  • 11 injured diving for a foul ball

When we total up the number of hits in which the fan contributed to their own injury by some method that was unavoidable, we get a whopping total of 74% of fans being injured as a result of their own issues. Very few foul balls actually hit a person without the fan’s contrinuting to their own injuries.


The Hall of Fame

Talk about dedication! Check out this Philadelphia Phillies fan who lays out like a pro for this foul ball. This is inspiring stuff!

What a class act. This is another example of what will disappear if extended netting goes up. Judge misses a foul ball. Many people, like Joey Votto, get pissed and walk away when this happens. New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge? Nope. He’s clearly bummed it was out of his reach, but he gives a fan a high-five…well a glove-fist bump is more accurate.


We see a lot of fans snagging fouls in their hats, so few ever get on the list. But a player doing it? Well, that’s worth some kind of mention, and I think Miami Marlins’ bullpen catcher Jed Lowrie’s hat catch is worth a HoF nod:

This Hall of Fame snag is pretty random. It’s a fan who snags a foul ball with a slightly larger glove than normal. So why’s it a Hall of Fame listing? Look where this GREAT dad sat his son to minimize the danger to him? IN THE OUTFIELD. Too many times we see parents endangering their kids by sitting them not only close to the field, but in the areas more susceptible to high rates of foul balls. This dad gets my vote for “Dad of the Season”…so far.


The Hall of Shame/Lame

Did you hear about the Atlanta Braves security steals ball from kid. Yes, this was fan interference and it was a double, but it ended up in foul territory and what happened after was even more foul. Watch the security guard. He grabs the ball from the kid, who’s pumped to have gotten a ball. The guard is also all worked up, WAY more worked up than he should be. This guy went viral. I think someone needs sensitivity training…if not to lose his job for being an asshole.

Thankfully, the Atlanta Braves did the right thing and tried to smooth things over. Too little, too late in my opinion:


OUCH! That’s a helluva spill. This is the real issue with foul ball injuries that people fail to discuss and recognize. This fan went for a foul ball and tumbled multiple ROWS after losing his balance. Those 1750 annual injuries David Glovin reported a couple years ago that others use in hteir fearmongering? Yup. This is perfect example of a self-induced foul ball injury. This is definitely an instance of shame after the snag. Kudos for him hoolding on to the ball though!


Honorable Mentions

This Boston Red Sox security guard is the very antithesis of the Braves security guard. Way to go! THAT is how you make kids lifetime baseball fans.

Yet another example of what disappears if the pro-netters somehow manage to win and we are watching baseball behind nets with glares and that allow balls to get through still. How can you be a human and not love this scene at the Tampa Bay RaysMinnesota Twins game? This young fan shows us why we love the game so much: