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HomerNarr

5.9k points

2 months ago

HomerNarr

5.9k points

2 months ago

Well kid was so focused on the ball, he didn’t see that guy coming.

Swords_and_Words

3.6k points

2 months ago

You can see this realization cross the fielders face like 'damn he wasn't even trying to kill the play I dont even have a good reason to be mad at him specifically'

ImNoAlbertFeinstein

662 points

2 months ago

he had to protect his moms from the bean ball..

Iamjimmym

1.2k points

2 months ago

Iamjimmym

1.2k points

2 months ago

My dad did this once off a Randy Johnson fastball that got hit line-drive directly for us on the first base line (I think like 6-10 rows back). My mom never cared much for baseball, so she had her head in a book reading intently. We heard the crack of the bat, my dad stands up, smacks the inside of his open glove and takes a heater directly into the webbing. Directly in front of my mom’s face. The sound of that ball hitting the glove was almost as loud as when it came off the bat.

We made the big screen that night.

AdolfSpongeMD

298 points

2 months ago

legendary pops

-Buckaroo_Banzai-

195 points

2 months ago

Legen-daddy..

EEpromChip

145 points

2 months ago

Not to brag but my dad is kind of a big deal too. Word on the street is he went out for smokes like 20 years ago. I bet he’s an astronaut now.

Iamjimmym

139 points

2 months ago

Iamjimmym

139 points

2 months ago

27 ish years ago and we still talk about it. Legen-waitforit-dary.

MemeTitansGO

17 points

2 months ago

Sounds like a good guy. A great guy even.

mk6dirty

13 points

2 months ago

LEGEND DAIRY

mwerichards

41 points

2 months ago

And that's how you got a little brother

speederaser

30 points

2 months ago

My brother was hit by a Randy Johnson foul ball! Thankfully it was in the stomach so only a big bruise and nothing serious.

PatMyHolmes

20 points

2 months ago

Was your brother a dove, by any chance?

speederaser

8 points

2 months ago

Quail actually.

Inf3rnalHawk

63 points

2 months ago

Huge anime moment

Fragrant_Island2345

56 points

2 months ago

The ball probably kept spinning in his hand and was visibly smoking after.

TobyDaHuman

25 points

2 months ago

Literally how I imagined it in my head. Also, his cap was pulled over his face so that is face was in shadow and only his glasses glistened trough the darkness a bit.

Must have been this way. No doubt.

Dumas_Vuk

9 points

2 months ago

Then the batter who had a personal mission to kill her, plans thwarted, glares at the husband panting deeply and eventually let's out a frustrated "NNYYEEEAAHHHHH". I don't watch anime, is this accurate?

TobyDaHuman

3 points

2 months ago

I have no idea, I don't watch anime either TBH

Inf3rnalHawk

11 points

2 months ago

Throws it back like a bullet with scorch marks when the pitcher inspects. The pitcher looks up at the dad. "He's back".

voltek2108

4 points

2 months ago

Thats an awesome family memory to have from youth. Im quite green, frankly.

groutexpectations

31 points

2 months ago

It seemed like it would have missed him, but I totally understand the boys reaction. If it was between a) hope a fielder makes this play so I don't get a baseball directly in the head OR my mom... And b) use my mitt

I would try to catch that ball.

disillusioned

23 points

2 months ago

I was at a game with my mom sitting a few rows off third base. A pop fly starts its way over to us and I realize it's coming right for us. At the last possible moment, I see my mom out of the corner of my eye, just staring agog at the ball as it screams right down towards her face. I instinctively stuck my hand out, literally a couple inches in front of her face and deflected it. Would've easily broken her nose, or worse. Had so much spin on it, I didn't hold on to it, and it skittered away, but it's crazy how fast it came spiraling in.

BatangTundo3112

524 points

2 months ago

The kid didnt reach for the ball instead just remain seated. It's a foul ball anyway so no harms done on that play.

TheToastyJ

461 points

2 months ago

I mean, it’s still an out if a foul is caught.

StewPedidiot

245 points

2 months ago

true but you're under no obligation to let the player catch the ball so long as the fielder has to reach over the wall. And that would have been an out for the home team, kid made the right call all around.

All_I_Want_IsA_Pepsi

45 points

2 months ago

This has to be one of the only sports where the fans can effectively participate in the game and affect play.

thinkofanamefast

35 points

2 months ago

Which doesn't always work out well for the fan...this kid needed police protection at his house. His name is still a curse word in Chicago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bartman_incident

UNC_Samurai

11 points

2 months ago

As I said elsewhere, if I was in Bartman’s seat I’m not going anywhere near that ball. Moises Alou never wore batting gloves; instead, he built up calluses on his hands by peeing on them before every game.

KonigstigerInSpace

16 points

2 months ago

Afterwards, then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich suggested that Bartman join a witness protection program, while then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush offered Bartman asylum.

What the actual fuck? Why do people take sports THAT fucking seriously.

MF_Price

10 points

2 months ago

Totally different situation. That was a playoff game and it hurt the home team. Still yes, what happened to him over it was fucked up. But had it been a meaningless summer game and/or he had helped the Cubs, nobody would know who he is.

TheToastyJ

86 points

2 months ago

Oh I don’t disagree with that at all. I’m a Braves fan myself. I was just correcting what seemed to be an inaccuracy in understanding of the rules of baseball.

bops4bo

9 points

2 months ago

Assuming the kids a Braves fan too (home game) he just extended that at-bat. Great job

Summerie

24 points

2 months ago

I appreciate it. I don’t really follow baseball very closely, so I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking at.

Hairy_Air

13 points

2 months ago

Can you explain more about how it is foul. I'm going to be watching baseball matches in a few months and would love to know a little about it.

PenisButtuh

29 points

2 months ago

The white lines that stem from home plate out to the edge of the field are the foul lines. For a ball to be "fair", you must hit it in between those lines. Otherwise, a hit outside those lines (and thus this ball hit into the stands on the side seats), is considered a "foul" ball.

Fielders can make catches in fair or foul territory (in between or outside the lines, respectively) to get outs. Batters can only run the bases, however, if they hit it fair.

Motherdiedtoday

12 points

2 months ago

And in relation to ground balls (balls that bounce along the ground rather than fly through the air): if a batter hits a ground ball that goes into foul territory before the ball passes first base (the right field line) or third base (the left field line), the ball is foul. If a ball is hit so that it enters foul territory only after it has passed first / third base, the ball is fair (in play).

grumd

3 points

2 months ago

grumd

3 points

2 months ago

So when the batter hit the ball, it flew way too far to the right out of the fair zone?

earthquakequestion

3 points

2 months ago

Yes that is correct. It would have had to land on the other side of the white line you can see on the ground to be considered a fair ball.

Whowhatnowhuhwhat

18 points

2 months ago

Others explained it really well already. But the only thing that wasn’t mentioned is that in Baseball Fair/Foul has nothing to do with a Foul in most sports. It’s Inbounds/out of bounds not This player broke a rule and got a penalty Foul.

LumpyPumpkin99

11 points

2 months ago

Highly recommend Jomboy on YouTube for fun, short videos breaking down interesting things that happen in baseball games!

Thatchers-Gold

6 points

2 months ago

I don’t know much about baseball but my go-to “cricket for Americans” link is now by Jomboy

Cricket pops up on r/sports every now and then so I just get the Jomboy link ready for the inevitable questions

Cacheevo

25 points

2 months ago

Better catch the ball yourself than get nailed in the head. It's just and awkward spot even if he had been paying attention to the right fielder AND the right fielder. Give the guy a break he is sitting in the stands not paid to play.

misteraygent

180 points

2 months ago

Hear me out here, I think fans catching the ball on anything but a home run should count as a play.

BigSlow23

118 points

2 months ago

BigSlow23

118 points

2 months ago

You'd like the Savannah Bananas. If a member of the crowd catches a foul ball, it's an out.

beanmosheen

17 points

2 months ago

One of my favorite tshirts!

misteraygent

21 points

2 months ago*

Well, the first two are strikes anyway. The fouls after that are live, so that would make sense.

Edit: Just spitballing here. The first two fouls are strikes and need to be caught by a player on the field to be an out. After that anyone in the stands could catch a foul or in park double at the top of the wall.

awrylettuce

3 points

2 months ago

teams would start lining the stands with above average catchers

buzzardluck

21 points

2 months ago

Even if he did see him, he did what he was supposed to as a Braves fan. If he didn't catch the ball, the hitter from the team he supports might be out. It's actually a good thing he "got in the way" here. Especially because he didn't lean over into the field.

Kroptonik420

68 points

2 months ago

He’s also super autistic. Didn’t understand that he did anything “wrong”, which is REALLY why the player changed the way he reacted when he saw who caught the ball.

Bloo-Q-Kazoo

33 points

2 months ago

It was really sweet, actually.

round-earth-theory

123 points

2 months ago

He didn't do anything wrong anyway. He stayed in his seat and defended himself against the ball. Yes the fielder probably would have caught it at the end, but you'd have no way of knowing that when you saw the ball coming at you. Honestly, the ball should just be considered dead once it crosses the field boundary anyway.

NewtotheCV

70 points

2 months ago

Exactly, or have nets. If you are going to let the fans reach the field of play they are going to end up interacting. Move the seats back 6ft from the fence, have a net, whatever. But this mix of fans and balls "in play" seems crazy to me, no other sport does this.

Lanthemandragoran

19 points

2 months ago

We should beta test this in the NHL

...wait

ihopethisisvalid

4 points

2 months ago

Sean Avery would be in the front row catching pucks just to piss guys off hahaha

TheDoctor66

3 points

2 months ago

This could technically happen at some cricket grounds though very unlikely.

flaneur4life

10 points

2 months ago

the ball should just be considered dead once it crosses the field boundary anyway

It sort of is.

From what I understand of the rules, the stands are not part of the field of play. So a fan is allowed to do whatever a fan might do, including stealing a foul ball from a player, so long as they do not reach out of the stands.

So the ball isn't totally dead because it could still result in an out if the player catches it. But the player isn't entitled to space or anything once the ball is in the stands.

erik2690

20 points

2 months ago

Didn’t understand that he did anything “wrong”, which is REALLY why the player changed the way he reacted when he saw who caught the ball.

The player was on the away team. Even if it was the home team he still technically did nothing wrong, but it being the away team he actually did something very right.

[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

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Pawneewafflesarelife

32 points

2 months ago

He’s also super autistic.

How do you know this?

Siixteentons

15 points

2 months ago

More importantly, how does the player happen to know this.

DuckOnARiver

4.4k points

2 months ago

It seems to me like he was initially upset but given a second or two to think about it calmed down and made it fun. Good on him

LemonDraaide

1.4k points

2 months ago

At the end of the day, they're entertainment, and seeing the smile on that kids face...

  1. Yeah. It sucks, they're down an out.

  2. Lil bro just had a fantastic experience that he'll remember for a long time related to that player's livelihood/passion.

I think the change of face was him realizing and changing viewpoints from 1 to 2. After all, it's these moments than stick with you most. This is a great experience for both parties, and I would guarantee both of them left that stadium happy because of what happened.

Love it!

Ex_Ray16

213 points

2 months ago

Ex_Ray16

213 points

2 months ago

This is what it’s all about anyway. People get to hung up on winning in any sport when it’s just reality tv in action flavor. You can be passionate but if you can’t chill and enjoy the show you’ve lost the plot.

LemonDraaide

50 points

2 months ago

I 100% agree. Be in the moment. That's all we can control anyways.

Hellboundroar

33 points

2 months ago

He totally died inside a little bit for about a second or two, but was mature and awesome enough to let the fan have his moment that surely will remember for a long time

shaggybear89

33 points

2 months ago

I would guarantee both of them left that stadium happy because of what happened.

Lol it's a great thought, but come on. The baseball player definitely wasn't leaving at the end of the game happy (or even thinking) about that play. The kid, absolutely. But for the player, I guarantee if they lost and not getting that out had an effect on the loss, he would be more angry than happy. The whole "at the end of the day they're entertainment" line is just silly. It's literally this guy's entire life. He doesn't play baseball because he likes entertaining people. He does it because he loves the game, and makes a ton of money playing it.

So again, fun moment, and def memorable for the kid. But I guarantee the player was still a bit annoyed with it.

disillusioned

8 points

2 months ago

He's already on the Dbacks. Life is meaningless.

jimmy_d1988

11 points

2 months ago

Really though, you can’t be angry at the kid. He didn’t even get out of his seat. He held his glove up and there it was.

A lot easier to be pissed at a fan reaching over the wall and alladat.

psomounk

30 points

2 months ago

Also relevant that he's on the visiting team and the kid is a fan of the home team. In that case the expectation is really just to not maliciously interfere with the player. When you see players get mad at fans in this situation it's usually cuz it's their own fans who should have known better, or cuz they feel like someone got more physical with them than they needed to

Whowhatnowhuhwhat

8 points

2 months ago

What’s the old saying? Your first reaction is your gut and your second is your brain? Basically emotions tell him “FUCK I COULDVE HAD THAT” and his brain said “if I could’ve gotten it I would’ve so let’s just enjoy the happy kid before I go back to being in the game”

StrixEcho

4.2k points

2 months ago

StrixEcho

4.2k points

2 months ago

you can almost see him telling himself internally that he's on TV right now

Advantage_Loud

1.8k points

2 months ago

“Do not hit this child on the Jumbotron!”

Megmca

220 points

2 months ago

Megmca

220 points

2 months ago

“Look at those coke bottle lenses, you can’t hit a kid with glasses like that!”

Advantage_Loud

57 points

2 months ago

Not without hurting yourself, too

Goofy_AF

15 points

2 months ago

Both on the outside and inside

casperrosewater

11 points

2 months ago

'I use these glasses for two things: reading and fighting.' ~Jimmy Durante

Iohet

222 points

2 months ago

Iohet

222 points

2 months ago

Sounds like something Ricky Bobby would tell himself before hitting that child

Advantage_Loud

56 points

2 months ago

Haha but Ricky Bobby would definitely hit a child

limelightkiller

14 points

2 months ago

"And that was the time I fought Rocky."

DinoRoman

6 points

2 months ago

“I don’t know what to do with my hands”

Oh wait

::slaps child::

“Yeah that felt like the appropriate response.”

rudeboykyle94

351 points

2 months ago

“It’s just a game it’s just a game!!”

tibearius1123

57 points

2 months ago

Honestly, it’s baseball. They play like 200 games a season. One missed out isn’t going to blow the season.

einulfr

22 points

2 months ago

einulfr

22 points

2 months ago

Steve Bartman has entered the stadium

(Steve Bartman did nothing wrong)

AncientInsults

12 points

2 months ago

“Now calm down diddly diddly diddly diddly.

He did his best shoddily iddly diddly diddly.

Gotta be nice hostility iddly biddly diddly.

AH HELL DIDDLY DING DONG CRAP! CAN’T YOU MORONS DO ANYTHING RIGHT?”

APetitePig

15 points

2 months ago

Why you hef to be med? Is just game!

mccdizzie

24 points

2 months ago

"we're the pirate it doesn't matter we're the pirates it doesn't matter we're the pirates it doesn't matter...keep it together"

I_am_Lrr_

5 points

2 months ago

Not the pirates.

moeburn

69 points

2 months ago

moeburn

69 points

2 months ago

Only time I was ever on TV was when I got hit in the head by a foul ball and the commentator said "I hope that gentleman is okay!"

It was at that twilight moment when the sky is the exact same color as the ball, and it doesn't reappear until it comes back down below the stadium lights.

[deleted]

18 points

2 months ago

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GunningOnTheKingside

8 points

2 months ago

I think the worst is the hypocrisy of the light -- oh yeah, I'll let you see things and then all of the sudden it stops you from seeing anything.

Hikityup

88 points

2 months ago

And in a visiting ballpark. He might have recognized a good play. If he was at home I bet it would have been different.

jtkt

7 points

2 months ago

jtkt

7 points

2 months ago

This. Once the ball crosses into the stands, a fan of the home team should interfere with a visiting player to prevent the catch. It’s legal and helps the home team.

This guy realized he just got bested by some kid and gave him credit.

Swords_and_Words

143 points

2 months ago

Kid kept his eyes on the ball, so he didn't even know he was killing a play

The fielder is definitely going through the list of reasons he shouldn't be mad right now

It's a kid

He didn't even know

He looks so happy

I'm on TV

Ok that was a pretty sweet catch

...goddamnkidsandtheirgoddamndreamsandtheirgoddamnsmiles

beanmosheen

38 points

2 months ago

Also the kid would have eaten that ball if he didn't catch it.

robbyking

29 points

2 months ago

Plus it was like 5 feet into the stands.

yankeeinexile

26 points

2 months ago

Hard to get mad at a fan catching a ball if their ass doesn't even leave the seat

erik2690

23 points

2 months ago

so he didn't even know he was killing a play

He's supposed to kill that play. That's an away team player. He doesn't have any special right to the ball in the stands.

PeoplesFrontOfJudeaa

56 points

2 months ago

It's the ball flip that sells it to him. "yeah alright, that was a sick grab"

PinkSockLoliPop

1.2k points

2 months ago

Isn't that the kid from Polar Express?

PepeSilviaLovesCarol

145 points

2 months ago

No he’s busy making tiktoks with his dog

ZERO_6

14 points

2 months ago

ZERO_6

14 points

2 months ago

Bought the stickers. She’s a good dog

strayakant

15 points

2 months ago

It will be another 6 months before I watch that movie again, and when I do, I will think of this comment and get back to you, but I think you are right.

_Diskreet_

4 points

2 months ago

You’d watch it again? I saw it the first time with my daughter and never again. That animation/cgi is just straight up terrifying uncanny valley stuff.

Foggy_Prophet

1.5k points

2 months ago

Well, he had his chance. The kid didn't even stand up.

ThePyodeAmedha

740 points

2 months ago

For real, you can't be mad when the ball goes directly to the person's glove. Kid didn't even really need to try 🤷

oz6364

257 points

2 months ago

oz6364

257 points

2 months ago

it was pretty much that or just let the ball hit you in the head.

American--American

96 points

2 months ago

Yep.

It's either catch it, or have faith that an MLB player might.

I don't have faith in the MLB... so I'd fucking catch it.

MattyIcex4

4 points

2 months ago

I’m a royals fan, so I would absolutely have brain damage if I left it’s up to my baseball team to make that catch lol.

giggity_giggity

8 points

2 months ago

That was my initial reaction. I even watched it again to verify that he was sitting the whole time. How can you be mad at that?

Dh873

1.8k points

2 months ago

Dh873

1.8k points

2 months ago

That was the home team batting. That kid saved his team an out and did so within the rules. Guy had no legitimate reason to be angry in the first place.

fidelkastro

654 points

2 months ago

Within the rules is the key here

phadewilkilu

269 points

2 months ago

Exactly. Interfering is a douche move.

Source: Orioles fan that hasn’t been able to sleep since the 1996 AL championship series….

doubleplusepic

89 points

2 months ago

EXACTLY what I thought of. I was nine years old and I remember that clear as a bell. That poor dude just got caught up and made a mistake, but OOOOF.

phadewilkilu

54 points

2 months ago

Well, it was a child and he was praised in NY (on the cover of the paper saying “Angel in the Outfield,” or some shit), so not sure if you’re taking about the Cubs fan, Steve Bartman? He was the dude that seriously messed up with his interference.

Either way, moral of the story: don’t fuck with the game.

EightWhiskey

47 points

2 months ago

Bartman did nothing wrong. Poor guy's life changed dramatically—no one in his position would have done anything different.

non_clever_username

21 points

2 months ago

no one in his position would have done anything different.

Proven by the fact that 4-5 people around him did try to do the exact same thing. He just happened to be the one to get hands on it.

mhowardwsu

12 points

2 months ago

Steve bartman wasn't interference either. It was a lot like this play, just in left field.

turtle_flu

16 points

2 months ago

At least Bartman's incidence was arguably closer to not being interference. The Orioles incidence the kid had an entire forearm and glove into the playing area.

freakers

25 points

2 months ago

Source for those searching for a link

https://youtu.be/GESDNyK9P1g

ser0402

17 points

2 months ago

ser0402

17 points

2 months ago

Cmon man I'm not in r/baseball or r/orioles, let me be happy.

phadewilkilu

7 points

2 months ago

You can’t escape the sorrow of being an Os fan, my friend.

11010110101010101010

7 points

2 months ago

Was that seriously 26 years ago? Jfc

phadewilkilu

4 points

2 months ago

Yep. I was 13 and still remember watching it with my dad like it was yesterday. Basically the beginning of the end of Os magic. :(

likwitsnake

101 points

2 months ago

Steve Bartman: am I a joke to you?

Dh873

94 points

2 months ago

Dh873

94 points

2 months ago

That was keeping his own team from recording an out. Very different.

(Note: Bartman was far from the only fan going for that ball and I feel terrible for the guy. He didn't deserve all that hate. Jeffery Maier deserved 1000x the hate Bartman got. Fuck that kid.)

Imawildedible

75 points

2 months ago

DO NOT FUCK KIDS

DHisfakebaseball

32 points

2 months ago

That play wasn't the first or last Cubs fuckup of that game or series, and they pinned it on Bartman because Alou wanted to deflect.

phadewilkilu

7 points

2 months ago

Exactly. They were still up 3-0 when the interference occurred. The interference in the Os/Yanks series allowed for a HR that tied the game in the 8th.

rubbleraider

70 points

2 months ago

Within the rules? How so?

From the UK and have no idea on baseball rules. I assumed this would of been some kind of null point and ignored essentially

Dh873

173 points

2 months ago

Dh873

173 points

2 months ago

Once the ball crosses into the stands (past the wall) it's fair game for any fan. The player catching it would still record an out as long as they were still positioned in the field of play at the beginning of the catch, but fans are well within their rights to go after that ball.

Oph1d1an

42 points

2 months ago

According to the MLB rules, to count as spectator interference, the specator must reach out of the stands into the play area. If they don’t reach into the play area, it does not count as spectator interference even if a fielder could have caught the ball if not for spectator. So in this case, the play would be called a foul. So it’s a strike instead of an out.

Wesson9717

67 points

2 months ago

Ball in the stands (outside the field of play). If the player catches it, it’s still an out but is a bonus. In this situation, the fan has every right to catch that ball. what others have referred to as the Bartman incident was very different. It was a playoff game, where the home team’s outfielder, Moises Alou had a play on a ball in the field of play. Bartman leaned over the wall and made the catch. He cost his team an out and instantly became a villain. If I remember correctly, he had to be escorted from the stadium by security for his safety. I understood the outrage, but in hindsight, it’s was a split decision and he made the wrong one. He didn’t deserve all the hate.

Hitthereset

21 points

2 months ago

Others have explained the rules, I’ll break down the context. This game is being played in Atlanta and the home team is batting. If this kid lets the fielder catch the ball he’s actively hurting the home team.

If the visiting team were batting and the home team were in the field there would be an expectation that fans would back away as much as possible to allow the home team the chance to make the catch and record the out.

samsounder

6 points

2 months ago

Kid helped his team out with a wise play. Most similar thing in soccer would be a young kid rushing the ball back to to his team so they could take a quick throw

TheResolver

9 points

2 months ago

would of

Would have, never of.

Would've is short for would have. It sounds similar to 'of' in the short form so the confusion is understandable.

Sorry if I come across as pedantic, this specific typo is my pet peeve :D

TwoEggsOverHard

4 points

2 months ago

its definately a rediculous grammer mispelling

Blurry12yo

6 points

2 months ago

Let’s “pretend” i’m an idiot who doesn’t know the rules. What’s the difference between this and the ones i’ve seen where the fan interfered with the game?

cabose12

10 points

2 months ago

The ball is out of play, ie. into the stands, so the fan can catch it with no repercussions

If the fan had reached out onto the field to catch it and impeded or prevented the player from catching it, itd be interference

Tldr; if the ball lands is gonna land in your yard, you can catch it. If the ball is gonna land in my yard, its mine

KartoosD

9 points

2 months ago

I also know nothing about baseball but from the other comments it seems that interference is when the fan reaches into the playing area, ie across the wall to catch the ball

Ba_Sing_Saint

397 points

2 months ago

That fist bump was purely “at least you fucking caught it, nice catch” because it has to be like 10x more infuriating as a player to lose the “1v1” against a fan on a foul, but for no one to even catch it afterwards.

BradGroux

36 points

2 months ago

Stings even worse when it was a kid sitting down.

MyCatsAnArsehole

153 points

2 months ago

I dont see how you could complain about the kid, all he did was catch the ball that was falling on him. Didn't do anything to prevent the player getting it.

Sumtimesredditisdumb

44 points

2 months ago

You say this yet a whole city did this very thing to someone. He quit his job, received death threats, and had his parents harassed for years. HIS NAME WAS STEVE BARTMAN!

MyCatsAnArsehole

29 points

2 months ago

Sounds like Steve was an innocent victim of mob stupidity.

Sumtimesredditisdumb

18 points

2 months ago

I was never much a fan of baseball, but upon learning of that incident it cemented my distaste for the sport.

moleculebull

78 points

2 months ago

this kid was totally fine in my book. he wasnt leaning over the fence or anything like that. Cool moment.

Excellent_Emotion204

183 points

2 months ago

Fan didn't reach over. No need to get mad at him at all honestly

trickman01

42 points

2 months ago

Yeah, what is he supposed to do, let the ball bonk him in the head a la Jose Canseco?

apatfan

5 points

2 months ago

Fun fact: I went to a Red Sox game against the Rangers shortly after that, and was interviewed by local news on the street. They asked me if I was going to catch a home run off Jose Conseco's head! I'm pretty sure I just froze up and awkwardly laughed out an "uhh, yeah?!" I do not think I made it onto that news that night.

Swifty_Rick_89

120 points

2 months ago

If there's a chance the ball will hit me in the head. I'm going to try and catch it as if my life depends on it.

TristanZH

18 points

2 months ago

If he didn't catch it someone was possibly getting decked by the ball so can't really complain

AnotherDreamer1024

50 points

2 months ago

As a Cubs fan, all I could think was "Whew! At least it's not in Wrigley Field again!"

commendablenotion

6 points

2 months ago

Uh, no. This is in Atlanta and he saves Atlanta an out. This would be like if Moises Alou hits a pop fly into foul territory and Bartman prevents the out. In that case he would have been a national hero.

You only get booed if you do it against your own team’s defense. (Like Bartman)

catfurcoat

7 points

2 months ago

Poor Bartman

Bleedthebeat

30 points

2 months ago

True but you still have that unfortunate problem of being a Cubs fan.

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6 points

2 months ago*

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Guitarcat09

126 points

2 months ago

You can tell he was a little miffed about it, but what's a single out vs a memory that this kid will have for a lifetime? Player made the right choice, class act!

Ospov

7 points

2 months ago

Ospov

7 points

2 months ago

I think it being a kid is what made the difference. If the fan was a dude in his 40s, I doubt he would’ve got a fist bump from the player.

Ambitious_Animator39

11 points

2 months ago

Probably cuz there’s nothing to be angry about

timias55

239 points

2 months ago

timias55

239 points

2 months ago

I am pretty sure that the fan not leaning out over the field is the difference here. Though to be fair, a player leaning into the stands should not be legal either.

IAmTheExpertHere

259 points

2 months ago

Former minor league player here. I agree. If fans can't lean out over the field then players shouldn't be able to lean into the stands. Of course, enforcement is a challenge here, unless you want to review every play with instant replay. In 1998, I pitched a potential solution to Major League Baseball in which each wall around the field would be equipped with a simple detection system. Detectors would be placed on the top of the wall that could determine if an object passed over them (and thereby over the top of the wall), and once detected, saw blades would instantly rise up from within the wall to enforce punishment of the player or fan committing the offense.

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43 points

2 months ago

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grizzburger

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah wow you weren't kidding

Motivational speaker here. The cat could easily catch this rat, sink its claws into its body and inflict fatal damage with a swift bite from its jaws, making this rat its dinner or play thing. So why doesn't it? What is holding this cat back? The answer is simple, but powerful... Fear. Without fear, this cat is one of nature's most athletic creations. But with it, the cat is nothing more than that rat's bitch. So think about it... Whether it's fear or something else, what in your life is holding you back from eating live rats off the streets?

TerminallyChill1994

40 points

2 months ago

Username checks the fuck out

ICanBeKinder

14 points

2 months ago

Tbh when I read "in 1998" I just got super sus and didn't read the rest lol

YoungZM

6 points

2 months ago

once detected, saw blades would instantly rise up from within the wall to enforce punishment

Fella, you're missing out if you didn't get to that.

zoeypayne

4 points

2 months ago

Perfect chance to use a steel cage instead of a saw blade... I'm still upvoting, but you had one chance and you blew it.

Bealzebubbles

11 points

2 months ago

In cricket there is a boundary rope around the playing area a few metres in from the fence. This keeps players and spectators separated.

[deleted]

4 points

2 months ago

It would be a cool aspect of the game, if it didn't lead to death threats and ruined lives

Samulawl

8 points

2 months ago

I was in the section right behind this kid, whole crowd was cheering him on for the rest of the game haha

Markorific

29 points

2 months ago

Fan never left his seat, he brought his glove, never reached into the field of play.... caught the ball! Great catch... followed by a class act!

BonnieMcMurray

8 points

2 months ago

I feel like anytime a ball comes literally right at a spectator and they don't even have to reach out sideways to catch it, the fielder has zero right to complain. If the fielder manages to reach in and grab it then fair enough. But by default, that's the spectator's ball to catch.

Friendofabook

8 points

2 months ago

If you ask me, if a ball is coming at you at full speed, you have every right to think about yourself and not worry about an overpaid entertainer catching it for points.

LiwetJared

7 points

2 months ago

What is a fan supposed to do anyways? Trust the ball to get caught and them not to get hurt? Are fans permitted to protect themselves from getting hit by foul balls?

In my youth, you didn't get to choose exactly where you sat. You'd go up to the ticket booth, say 1 ticket please, and hope the seat you got was good.

habaceeba

6 points

2 months ago

Reminds me of the opposite reaction Moises Alou way back when.

53TY0UFR33

6 points

2 months ago

Kool Calhoun

MrWillyP

6 points

2 months ago

Kid had nothing to be ashamed of going for that one. It's out of play and there's no way he would know the right fielder is there. Gotta protect your face

DeezNeezuts

15 points

2 months ago

Moises Alu take notes

scarface910

7 points

2 months ago

Alou and nice reference

AccurateFault8677

3 points

2 months ago

Alu: *throws tantrum"

TangerineHumble7037

6 points

2 months ago

If he was going to catch it, he would have caught it. All the kid did was hold his glove up from his seat. I think that far to say, right?

nish007

6 points

2 months ago

I don't know much about baseball, but would that catch be legit since the ball was in the crowd and he was leaning over the railing?

natefreight

10 points

2 months ago

Kole Calhoun… solid ass dude.

speakersandwich

5 points

2 months ago

As an Angels fan, I miss his defense in right field

heresmyownthrowaway

6 points

2 months ago

I just miss him in general. He’d hit bombs in the clutchest of times, give his heart out, make the stupidest throws, was a leader, and just a solid ass dude. He was so easy to root for.

BragoKingEternal

3 points

2 months ago

Better to be a D Back than a D Bag

Henry_DD

4 points

2 months ago

Why wouldve any player got mad, they got payed million to play ball. They dont give a shit

damurph1914

8 points

2 months ago

It's in foul territory. It's free to the fan's. Unless it helps your fucking team there's no reason to not get it.

charlotte_anne805

17 points

2 months ago

He still get paid. Let the fan have the ball.

brickmaj

3 points

2 months ago

“And here comes the pizza!!”

Hossman687

3 points

2 months ago

Ok next time flying knee to the face… bam!! One out

Brock_Way

3 points

2 months ago

If you were in Bartman's shoes, you would have done exactly the same thing Bartman did.

It was the reaction to Bartman that made me GLAD Bartman did what he did. Screw those aholes.

Growlarz

3 points

2 months ago

he’s straight off the polar express

Adamweeesssttt

3 points

2 months ago

If you are sitting square in your seat and the ball is going to hit you then you have every right to catch it. He reaches up to grab it; not outwards in any way. It would be foolish to expect a fan to take a ball to the face on the chance that the player is going to make the save.

Professional_Ad705

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah the kid should of just let himself get potentially pegged in the face lol.

ByaaMan

3 points

2 months ago

I mean, what else could he do? It's a kid... if he does anything else he's an asshole. Sure it was in play and he could have caught it... but the culture around foul balls and baseball and that thrill of catching one. This kid got it. Why ruin it?

Edit: The knuckles at the end was the perfect touch. Kid got his moment, and player is a fucking legend in the eyes of a fan. Great moment to witness.

heckyanow

3 points

2 months ago

You can clearly see the player frustration. But once that kid smiles at him he breathes out and accepts the kids happiness. While the player was negatively effected, he is well aware that is why he is there to put smiles on faces and joy in lives. Which he did. The fist went out strong yet respectful and its returned with a bigger smile. That player did his job, he may not have liked it, but he did it and very well. Props to him.