This Week in Foul Balls (Week 6: May 8-14): Ballboy Leaps, Happy Kids & a Garbage 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 which hornets are features, not the Charlotte Hornets, but pissed off fling bugs with stingers. 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, note that nearly 50% of the facials are a result of phone use or being too drunk, and nearly 25% other are a result of fans going for the ball:
- 41 #MLB fans hit in head area in 43 days (May 14)
- 15 admit being distracted by phone (36.6%)
- 3 were ricochets
- 5 too drunk to move
- 9 injured diving for a foul ball
The Hall of Fame
Hand-eye coordination is key to a successful athlete. The ability to keep your attention on the action and react quickly to it is paramount. And I think the Philadelpia Phillies just found a fan who possesses that important gift. Wach as he bobbles the foul ball 4 times and still manages to catch it.
I mention a lot about how seeing the joy on a child’s face when they get a baseball handed to them or they catch one at a baseball game is one of the greatest things to see in theworld. It’s moments like these that would disappear if the pro-netting campaign got their way. Look at the excitement on this young Texas Rangers fan’s face. Hear the sheer joy in her voice. This is what extended netting destroys…and in doing so, it destroys the very fabric, the very foundation of the core of baseball: Fan interaction.
READ THE REST AT FOULBALLZ.COM…AND JOIN US FOR National Foul Ball Week!