Going to the ball game can be a great experience for a young family. I remember myself going to a couple Blue Jays games as a kid and being in awe of the whole experience of being at a Major League Baseball game. The Jays are great too in that on Saturdays, they let kids come down onto the field and run the bases after the game. I had that experience as a youngster, and it was pretty awesome.
That being said, I see people bringing their babies to games – and I get it – but I can’t help but think that might be a little dangerous. Mind you, it’s not something that really crossed my mind until Game 5 of the ALDS last year.
Toronto Blue Jays fans throw beer cans at babies but I’m sure they say sorry a lot after pic.twitter.com/JlAIVAzp20
— Ed Lee (@smedlee) October 14, 2015
I mean it’s one thing when unruly fans start chucking beer cans… That doesn’t usually happen, but even when it doesn’t, there’s always the risk for ANYONE of being hit by a ball in the stands.
That’s when having a dad who’s a pretty good catch comes in real handy. That was the case Friday night in Phoenix, where the Pittsburgh Penguins were taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the bottom of the fourth with the Pirates up 5-2, D-Backs catcher Wellington Castillo hammered a solo shot to left field. Even though it was against his Pirates, this fan was more than happy to make the grab… with his baby in his other arm.
That’s not the first time this has happened, either. On Father’s Day 2014, the Colorado Rockies were taking on the hometown San Francisco Giants when Troy Tulowitzki socked a dinger off Madison Bumgarner. It was caught by quite possibly the most casual infant-holding dad I’ve ever seen catch anything. Watch:
Now in that last one, it was the visiting team’s player that hit the ball out of the park, and tradition dictates that when the opposing player hits a home run, you throw the ball back on the field.
Then again, some ballparks have strict rules against throwing anything on the field – even an opposing team’s home run ball. For example, a family got kicked from their first Rockies game for that very reason.
That sure didn’t stop THIS kid in Oakland three years ago, who figured that was the only thing to do when gifted a ball from another fan nearby in the stands.
It’s always fun to see people catching balls at ball games with things in their hands… Like fans who catch the ball IN their beers.
And here’s one that features current Blue Jay, then-Mariner Justin Smoak at the plate!
sometimes fans will try to catch the ball with their nachos…
Or with their popcorn…
Another one of my favourites was the guy in Toronto who caught a foul ball between his legs while his hands were full of drinks and snacks:
Gotta love that other fan who strolls up and offers a hand to get the ball out from between his legs… Might’ve been an awkward moment in any other situation, but he looks almost as happy as the guy that made the “catch” to have witnessed it.
And this, folks, is why you always keep your eye on the ball at a game!