Foul Ball Rules and Etiquette: Don’t Act the Fool Up in Here, Please
On April, 20, 2015, there was a foul ball incident at the Pittsburgh Pirates – Chicago Cubs game. At this game a woman turned her back on the game as she worked her way to her seat behind the netting at PNC. She reached her row, turned her back to the action and was nailed by a foul ball to the back of the head. Throughout the season and into 2016 there was a seeming epidemic of foul ball accidents; there seemed to also be an epidemic of foul ball injuries right after this incident.
As a result of these fans, most of whom weren’t paying attention, I feel it is important to once again review some of the common-sense rules and etiquette all baseball fans—Major League Baseball, MiLB and in general—should follow while at a game and while seeking out and going for a foul ball.
Over the course of the five season FoulBallz.com has been around, I’ve devoted my time to scouring the internet, emphasizing my search on Twitter, to bring you a list of the accepted and preferred etiquette when going for a foul ball (or home run) during a game. While some of these are easily seen as tongue-in-cheek “rules”; others aren’t. Despite the cheekiness of a few points, these are some of the best ways to enhance the fan experience and minimize the craziness that sometimes comes with going after foul balls.
The “13 Rules for Foul Ball Interactions”
- While uproariously hilarious, it is considered bad form to punch, hit, shove or otherwise battle a player going for a foul. Fighting for a foul just makes you look like an ass. Set a better example. Don’t be an ass.
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