When you catch a baseball

From the “Because It’s Friday, That’s Why” file:

We have contemplated in this space a number of times over the years about catching foul balls or homeruns at baseball games and the unchecked items on a life’s bucket list.

We can only imagine that the joy would be like that of a fan in the bleachers at Cleveland’s Progressive Field last night.

That’s a solid read by the fan. As the ball was launched, he had to judge the flight, run down a few stairs, position himself in the gangway and make the catch.

And he also had to be the guy who endured the ribbing of his friends for bringing a glove to the game.

Hero.

  • >>And he also had to be the guy who endured the ribbing of his friends for bringing a glove to the game.<<

    And all he has to do to those throwing shade is to hold up the ball.

    It WAS a pretty good catch.

  • Mike Stevens

    >>And he also had to be the guy who endured the ribbing of his friends for bringing a glove to the game.<<

    I didn't realize this was ribbed on. I thought that was the thing you do if you're in foul or HR territory seats.

    • I think when you’re 460 feet away it is . Not so much in foul territory.

  • kcmarshall

    Important: did he give the ball to a kid? More important (for baseball): was there a kid anywhere nearby to give it to?

    • I invoke the “great catch” rule here. On this, you’re not obligated to give it to a kid.

      Plus there aren’t many kids in the bleachers out there; it’s mostly college kids.

      The kids are in the good seats.

      • Gary F

        Bob, I need a ruling. If you are with your son, who is now, 21, and I get the ball, do I….

        A. Give it to him
        B. Find a kid
        C. Keep it.

        We had this discussion a month of so ago. I will tell you his answer.

        • Depends on how much you sacrificed to get the ball but in generally you give to the kid. I can tell you from experience there is no greater joy as a father that when your kid catches the ball and finds a kid to give it to you. And then later someone asks him why and you overhear hm say, “because that’s what my dad taught me.”

          • Gary F

            he said, we’d have to give that ball to a kid. He also wondered how large a perimeter it had to be until you found a kid.

          • The kid has to be within one section . And he has to be paying attention. Nothing worse than giving a ball to a kid who looks at you funny.

          • Gary F

            15 years ago we were in left field in KC watching he Twins take BP. One comes right at a group of 10 kids or so and a 30’ish guy reaches over these kids and grabs it. He got the stares from every adult there. Then after about 10 minutes my son was standing there and he gave it to him and left. It didn’t feel as good as if he would have caught it himself.