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2012-04-26 11:56:20 AM  
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oh man...hope it was worth it since the entire internet thinks you suck.
 
2012-04-26 11:58:49 AM  
How to get a free ball at sports games.

1. Bring a small child
2. Make sure the child is seated near whomever actually catches the ball and can hit their cue to cry
3. National attention

Congratulations, you threw an adult hissy fit over a ball.
 
2012-04-26 12:02:30 PM  
I prefer the video I saw (on Tosh, I think) where a woman reaches out and literally yanks the ball out of the hands of the kid who actually caught it, and then the woman starts jumping around smiling and cheering for herself as the kid looks upset.
 
2012-04-26 12:03:17 PM  
Didn't look like he threw it to the two-year-old, it looked like he threw it into the crowd. Even then, Dad was holding the kid away from where the ball was headed. Even then, it looked a little like Junior was crying already before the ball even landed.
 
2012-04-26 12:03:27 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: How to get a free ball at sports games.

1. Bring a small child
2. Make sure the child is seated near whomever actually catches the ball and can hit their cue to cry
3. National attention

Congratulations, you threw an adult hissy fit over a ball.



If it's me, I give the kid the ball before he can even start crying. I caught a shirt out of a T-shirt cannon at a Spurs game and immediately handed it to the kid next to me. Not just because I'm too fat for the size L shirts they shoot, but, y'know...because I'm nice.
 
2012-04-26 12:05:15 PM  
The ball was thrown in their general direction, not exactly at the kid, and the he caught it fair and square.

He was kind of a douchnozzle for showing off a bit, but the catch was fair and square

/never caught a ball as a kid =(
//did get some autographs though.
 
2012-04-26 12:06:14 PM  

drew46n2: The My Little Pony Killer: How to get a free ball at sports games.

1. Bring a small child
2. Make sure the child is seated near whomever actually catches the ball and can hit their cue to cry
3. National attention

Congratulations, you threw an adult hissy fit over a ball.


If it's me, I give the kid the ball before he can even start crying. I caught a shirt out of a T-shirt cannon at a Spurs game and immediately handed it to the kid next to me. Not just because I'm too fat for the size L shirts they shoot, but, y'know...because I'm nice.


Or, you know, a human being.
 
2012-04-26 12:08:35 PM  
What jerks.
 
2012-04-26 12:12:40 PM  
I admire the kid's father, for not reacting like a jerk and demanding the people give his kid the ball. He just laughed a bit and tried to calm his son down.
 
2012-04-26 12:12:58 PM  

drew46n2: oh man...hope it was worth it since the entire internet thinks you suck.


I don't think they suck. They caught the ball. Tough sh*t, junior.
 
2012-04-26 12:15:25 PM  
Meh, he threw it in the stands, not AT the kid. The snowflake will learn that life is not fair once he gets in the real world.

/then he can get on antiderpressants
//and abuse his liver with alcohol
///and cry after masturbating into his sock
 
2012-04-26 12:17:13 PM  
It's amazing how crazy adults go for a freaking baseball. What are you going to do with it? Display it in your house?

"Say, Ted, what's that there on your mantel?"
"That's was ground ball foul off the bat of Mike Bordick. Got that back in '98. David Segui tossed it into the crowd and I stepped over two kids and some old lady to grab it. It's been my pride and joy ever since."
 
2012-04-26 12:18:26 PM  

Shostie: drew46n2: oh man...hope it was worth it since the entire internet thinks you suck.

I don't think they suck. They caught the ball. Tough sh*t, junior.



really.."get used to disappointment, kiddo! life is pain!"

cmon...
 
2012-04-26 12:21:40 PM  
You guys obviously don't understand the importance of baseballs sailing into the stands in Texas. If one comes your way, you do whatever it takes to get it.
 
2012-04-26 12:25:11 PM  

Cagey B: You guys obviously don't understand the importance of baseballs sailing into the stands in Texas. If one comes your way, you do whatever it takes to get it.


Where's the outrage about the father not using his child as a battering ram in order to get to the precious?
 
2012-04-26 12:27:15 PM  

JerseyTim: It's amazing how crazy adults go for a freaking baseball. What are you going to do with it? Display it in your house?

"Say, Ted, what's that there on your mantel?"
"That's was ground ball foul off the bat of Mike Bordick. Got that back in '98. David Segui tossed it into the crowd and I stepped over two kids and some old lady to grab it. It's been my pride and joy ever since."


I've been to many a baseball game, and it's generally customary to hand off the ball if there's a little kid nearby. As you mention, it's a baseball. 99% of those have no additional significance unless it's a particularly memorable home run or your first game or something.

Hand the ball to the kid, and you've made someone happy at no expense to yourself, the kid has good memories of baseball and keeps coming back.

I understand we're all bastards here, myself included, but some aspie clutching a baseball while going "HA HA stupid snowflake, LIFE ISN'T FAIR!!11!" is beyond lame.
 
2012-04-26 12:27:37 PM  

drew46n2: If it's me, I give the kid the ball before he can even start crying.


Yeah, me too. About 3 years ago my daughter and I went to a ballgame and we were sitting in the 3rd or 4th row near first base, where a lot of balls get fouled off by right-handed batters. At the end of the first inning, my daughter caught a ball (not a foul, but the ball thrown to her by the opposing team's second baseman on his way back to the dugout, after he had caught a popup for the third out and she called out to him by name and asked him for it). Some little boy sitting right in front of us who was being taken to the game for his birthday was incredibly bummed out--he wanted to get a baseball! As luck would have it, about 10 minutes later the batter fouled one off that headed right toward me, and it landed right in my glove without me even having to step an inch away from my seat. I asked my daughter if it was OK if I gave the ball to the kid in front, and knowing how much the kid wanted a ball, she said sure. So I tapped him on the shoulder, said "happy birthday," and handed him the ball, and you wouldn't believe how big his eyes got and how wide his smile was.

The only problem now was that the kid's sister, who was sitting next him, was now the one who was insanely jealous. But wouldn't you know it, an inning or two later, I caught another foul ball (well, "caught" isn't the best word--it landed 2 or 3 rows back and some guy tried to catch it but dropped it, and it then rolled down by my feet and I grabbed it). After consulting my daughter again, I gave this one to the kid's sister, with the same outcome. Those kids must've thought I was a better person than Jesus at this point.

So yeah, the little thrill one gets from getting an ordinary baseball at a game is so minor compared to the thrill and excitement it brings to a kid to get one. As far as I'm concerned, common decency requires that, unless it's some sort of valuable ball (a landmark HR ball, etc.), all balls caught by spectators should be handed over to the nearest kid. Of course, the incident in TFA was in Texas, so . . .

/yeah, I know, CSB, whatever
 
2012-04-26 12:31:15 PM  
I saw no indication the couple had any clue the kid was next to them at any part of that video. The announcer is a douche for saying they were "rubbing in the kid's face".
 
2012-04-26 12:31:48 PM  
I was there for a Red-Sox/Rangers game. Had great seats right behind where the ball girl sat. My boys got foul balls and balls signed by David Ortiz. But during batting practice a crazed Rangers fan knocked over a kid on crutches to get a ball. Really cool thing was Ortiz saw this and went into the dugout and came back with a ball signed by about 1/2 the team and gave it to the kid, who was alright by the way.
 
2012-04-26 12:32:30 PM  

Shostie: I don't think they suck. They caught the ball. Tough sh*t, junior.


A coachable moment, if you will.
 
2012-04-26 12:33:43 PM  

Cyberluddite: drew46n2: If it's me, I give the kid the ball before he can even start crying.

Yeah, me too. About 3 years ago my daughter and I went to a ballgame and we were sitting in the 3rd or 4th row near first base, where a lot of balls get fouled off by right-handed batters. At the end of the first inning, my daughter caught a ball (not a foul, but the ball thrown to her by the opposing team's second baseman on his way back to the dugout, after he had caught a popup for the third out and she called out to him by name and asked him for it). Some little boy sitting right in front of us who was being taken to the game for his birthday was incredibly bummed out--he wanted to get a baseball! As luck would have it, about 10 minutes later the batter fouled one off that headed right toward me, and it landed right in my glove without me even having to step an inch away from my seat. I asked my daughter if it was OK if I gave the ball to the kid in front, and knowing how much the kid wanted a ball, she said sure. So I tapped him on the shoulder, said "happy birthday," and handed him the ball, and you wouldn't believe how big his eyes got and how wide his smile was.

The only problem now was that the kid's sister, who was sitting next him, was now the one who was insanely jealous. But wouldn't you know it, an inning or two later, I caught another foul ball (well, "caught" isn't the best word--it landed 2 or 3 rows back and some guy tried to catch it but dropped it, and it then rolled down by my feet and I grabbed it). After consulting my daughter again, I gave this one to the kid's sister, with the same outcome. Those kids must've thought I was a better person than Jesus at this point.

So yeah, the little thrill one gets from getting an ordinary baseball at a game is so minor compared to the thrill and excitement it brings to a kid to get one. As far as I'm concerned, common decency requires that, unless it's some sort of valuable ball (a landmark HR ball, etc.), all balls ...



I get it...at a baseball game, I always chat with those around me and it becomes like a social thing and we watch the game together. A foul ball, or one thrown into the stands, has no real value...except to people under 10. I don't know how anyone could sit right next to a toddler for the whole game, catch a ball, and then turn their back and pretend they don't hear the poor kid bawling his eyes out. Give the kid the ball and be a hero for a moment, d-bag.
 
2012-04-26 12:38:14 PM  
Wait, this was a Rangers / Yankee game and we are griping about a Ranger fan? A yankee fan would've stolen the ball, flipped the kid off, and poured their drink down his shirt.
 
2012-04-26 12:40:09 PM  
Who the fark brings a kid that young to a ballgame?
 
2012-04-26 12:44:50 PM  
I go to a few minor league games, and I'm dying to catch a foul ball. I get one, it's going in my pocket.
 
2012-04-26 12:50:51 PM  

drew46n2: I get it...at a baseball game, I always chat with those around me and it becomes like a social thing and we watch the game together. A foul ball, or one thrown into the stands, has no real value...except to people under 10. I don't know how anyone could sit right next to a toddler for the whole game, catch a ball, and then turn their back and pretend they don't hear the poor kid bawling his eyes out. Give the kid the ball and be a hero for a moment, d-bag.


Yep, exactly.

Having said that, though, the first ball I ever caught at an MLB game I did keep. I was sitting in the left-field bleachers at Candlestick Park 20+years ago (yes, I am old) and Kevin Mitchell--the year he was named MVP and the Giants went to the World Series--hit a laser-shot line-drive home run right farking at me. I couldn't believe how fast the ball traveled from his bat to the stands. Fortunately I had brought my glove, because if I'd tried to barehand it it would've taken my goddamn hand off. Anyway, there was only a bunch of drunken adult dudes around me and no kids, so I didn't have to make the choice of whether to hand it off to some kid, and I'm honestly not sure what I would've done if there had been a kid around because I thought this one was kind of special--not only did I feel like I made a good catch, but as I recall it was either a game-tying or walk-off homer in the 9th. I did keep the ball on my desk or bookshelf at work for several years, but I haven't seen it in years so I have no idea where it is now--probably packed away in some box somewhere.
 
2012-04-26 12:53:34 PM  
The kid will never remember this even happened.
 
2012-04-26 12:53:41 PM  

the_rev: I go to a few minor league games, and I'm dying to catch a foul ball. I get one, it's going in my pocket.


Sit right around first base, 5-10 rows up from the field. It seems like half of the balls that right-handed hitters foul off land in that general area.
 
2012-04-26 12:56:28 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: The kid will never remember this even happened.


Probably true, but he would've remembered it quite a while if they had given him the ball, though.
 
2012-04-26 12:59:05 PM  

Cyberluddite: the_rev: I go to a few minor league games, and I'm dying to catch a foul ball. I get one, it's going in my pocket.

Sit right around first base, 5-10 rows up from the field. It seems like half of the balls that right-handed hitters foul off land in that general area.


I know... I need to move to that side. I always sit behind the dugout on the 3rd base side and it doesnt get as much action.
 
2012-04-26 01:05:32 PM  
If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.
 
2012-04-26 01:06:29 PM  

Cyberluddite: Having said that, though, the first ball I ever caught at an MLB game I did keep. I was sitting in the left-field bleachers at Candlestick Park 20+years ago (yes, I am old) and Kevin Mitchell--the year he was named MVP and the Giants went to the World Series--hit a laser-shot line-drive home run right farking at me. I couldn't believe how fast the ball traveled from his bat to the stands. Fortunately I had brought my glove, because if I'd tried to barehand it it would've taken my goddamn hand off. Anyway, there was only a bunch of drunken adult dudes around me and no kids, so I didn't have to make the choice of whether to hand it off to some kid, and I'm honestly not sure what I would've done if there had been a kid around because I thought this one was kind of special--not only did I feel like I made a good catch, but as I recall it was either a game-tying or walk-off homer in the 9th. I did keep the ball on my desk or bookshelf at work for several years, but I haven't seen it in years so I have no idea where it is now--probably packed away in some box somewhere.


Your first ball, and a home run to boot- yeah, that's cool to keep. A foul ball or one thrown into the stands after the inning... give it to a kid if theres one around.
 
2012-04-26 01:07:00 PM  

Cyberluddite: FirstNationalBastard: The kid will never remember this even happened.

Probably true, but he would've remembered it quite a while if they had given him the ball, though.


Well, he would have known he had a foul ball, and would remember the story he was told about how he got it. But I doubt the kid would ever remember the game, getting the ball at the game, or anything like that.
 
2012-04-26 01:07:22 PM  
Drew, I think it's time to break down and add a "Douch" tag.
 
2012-04-26 01:08:38 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: The kid will never remember this even happened.


My eight year old daughter remembers the names of three cats we DIDN'T adopt from the SPCA five years ago.
 
2012-04-26 01:09:15 PM  

the_rev: Cyberluddite: the_rev: I go to a few minor league games, and I'm dying to catch a foul ball. I get one, it's going in my pocket.

Sit right around first base, 5-10 rows up from the field. It seems like half of the balls that right-handed hitters foul off land in that general area.

I know... I need to move to that side. I always sit behind the dugout on the 3rd base side and it doesnt get as much action.



we sat here and all the fouls went to the deck above us...

i.imgur.com

saved the day with the $10 souvenir balls they sell.
 
2012-04-26 01:09:44 PM  

drew46n2: Give the kid the ball and be a hero for a moment, d-bag.


^The crux of it.^

Mr. Oldie and his Trophy Woman knew damn well they were hurting the kid's feelings. They just didn't care. And you know why they didn't care? Because they're scumbags, the both of them. I hope she cheats on him and brings home AIDS and they both die in agony.
 
2012-04-26 01:11:27 PM  

the_rev: I know... I need to move to that side. I always sit behind the dugout on the 3rd base side and it doesnt get as much action.


Unless both line-ups happen to have lots of left-handed hitters, of course, in which case the 3rd base side would be where more of the action is.
 
2012-04-26 01:12:17 PM  

Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.


Okay. I've never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. But if I went to a game and managed to get one I would be obligated to give it to the nearest child, even though it's my first, and therefore, kind of special to me?
 
2012-04-26 01:17:05 PM  

Shostie: Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.

Okay. I've never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. But if I went to a game and managed to get one I would be obligated to give it to the nearest child, even though it's my first, and therefore, kind of special to me?


What are you going to do with it? Build a shrine to it? Carry it everywhere adn show it off? Boil it down and serve it as a soup?
 
2012-04-26 01:18:32 PM  

JerseyTim: Shostie: Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.

Okay. I've never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. But if I went to a game and managed to get one I would be obligated to give it to the nearest child, even though it's my first, and therefore, kind of special to me?

What are you going to do with it? Build a shrine to it? Carry it everywhere adn show it off? Boil it down and serve it as a soup?


Shrine.
 
2012-04-26 01:20:52 PM  

Shostie: Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.

Okay. I've never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. But if I went to a game and managed to get one I would be obligated to give it to the nearest child, even though it's my first, and therefore, kind of special to me?


Are you a grown up? If so, then yes, you give the ball to a kid.
 
2012-04-26 01:22:41 PM  
But keeping the stripper's bra is still ok, right?
 
2012-04-26 01:23:03 PM  

Shostie: Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.

Okay. I've never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. But if I went to a game and managed to get one I would be obligated to give it to the nearest child, even though it's my first, and therefore, kind of special to me?


Tough call, but I would make the following ruling:

Did you make a clean catch of a foul line drive or pop-up that was hit right to you and that you weren't fighting others for? If yes, it's OK to keep the ball.

Did you scramble around to pick up a ball that was bouncing or rolling around in the stands? Did you get into a scrum or dogpile with a bunch of other people, and come out with the ball? Did you stick your hands out in a crowd of a dozen other people also with outstretched arms, all trying to catch a ball that one of the players gently tossed into the stands, and you happened to be the one to get it? If the answer to any of these is questions is yes and you don't give the ball to the nearest kid who was also trying to get the ball, then that's pretty dickish.
 
2012-04-26 01:24:01 PM  
I don't understand people actually liking baseball. I don't get the appeal. On the other hand, I've never been able to take home a football or basketball from those games.
 
2012-04-26 01:25:11 PM  

Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.


I probably went to 50 MLB baseball games before the age of 10, and if someone else caught a ball near me and tried to give it to me, there is no f*cking way I would've accepted it.

Why would I want a ball someone else caught? The whole point of it being a special moment is that you catch it.

You can buy MLB baseballs at Dunham's, for f*ck's sake.
 
2012-04-26 01:28:03 PM  

Cyberluddite: Shostie: Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.

Okay. I've never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. But if I went to a game and managed to get one I would be obligated to give it to the nearest child, even though it's my first, and therefore, kind of special to me?

Tough call, but I would make the following ruling:

Did you make a clean catch of a foul line drive or pop-up that was hit right to you and that you weren't fighting others for? If yes, it's OK to keep the ball.

Did you scramble around to pick up a ball that was bouncing or rolling around in the stands? Did you get into a scrum or dogpile with a bunch of other people, and come out with the ball? Did you stick your hands out in a crowd of a dozen other people also with outstretched arms, all trying to catch a ball that one of the players gently tossed into the stands, and you happened to be the one to get it? If the answer to any of these is questions is yes and you don't give the ball to the nearest kid who was also trying to get the ball, then that's pretty dickish.


This is why one should always take a girfriend to a baseball game. If you catch a foul ball, you can hand it to her and get a hug and kiss in front of everybody. Who would fault you for that? Then on the way to the car after the game, take it back away from the bish.
 
2012-04-26 01:35:01 PM  

CitizenTed: drew46n2: Give the kid the ball and be a hero for a moment, d-bag.

^The crux of it.^

Mr. Oldie and his Trophy Woman knew damn well they were hurting the kid's feelings. They just didn't care. And you know why they didn't care? Because they're scumbags, the both of them. I hope she cheats on him and brings home AIDS and they both die in agony.


The ball wasn't thrown to the kid...into the crowd. As for Mr. Douchebag and his Trophy Wife? The classy thing to do would have been to give the kid a ball...he's going to cherish more than Mr. Douchebag.

As much as Mr. Douchebag tried to rain on the kid's parade...the smile on the kid's face after someone in the dugout got the kid a ball was priceless. Mr. Douchebag is known all over the internets as a douchebag, but the kid has the last laugh.
 
2012-04-26 01:37:10 PM  

sigdiamond2000: Babwa Wawa: If you're over the age of 15, you give the ball to the nearest kid under the age of 10. Unless you're a self-absorbed dick.

I probably went to 50 MLB baseball games before the age of 10, and if someone else caught a ball near me and tried to give it to me, there is no f*cking way I would've accepted it.

Why would I want a ball someone else caught? The whole point of it being a special moment is that you catch it.

You can buy MLB baseballs at Dunham's, for f*ck's sake.


That's fine if they don't accept it. But you definitely offer.

The fact that you can buy baseballs anywhere is the very point. They're very near worthless to an adult (or should be), but to some kids, it means far more.

They're special in the same way halloween is special to kids. An adult can go buy whatever candy they want for pocket change. To a kid, it means something more.
 
2012-04-26 01:37:48 PM  
I caught a foul ball once and gave it to the kids behind me. What the hell is an adult going to do with a foul ball? When your friends come over you're like "check out this foul ball I caught! Andruw Jones fouled it back himself! Then he struck out."
 
2012-04-26 01:44:12 PM  

Rapmaster2000: What the hell is an adult going to do with a foul ball? When your friends come over you're like "check out this foul ball I caught!


From the looks of the video, they were going to make a really cool tweet, bro.

/complete with attention whore goodness.
 
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