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2012-04-27 10:04:56 AM  

IAmRight: LarryDan43: You'll make his year.

The kid is two. He doesn't even attach any significance to the ball except it was near him, he can play with it for a while then throw it, probably hitting someone nearby, and now someone else has it.



This. Do you remember anything when you were 2? Nope. He would've just thrown it in a few minutes or forgot about it (or lost it). If anything, give it to his parent(s) so they can make sure he doesn't lose it. My nephew is 2, and if I caught a ball and he was there with me, I would give the ball to my sister or brother-in-law to make sure he wouldn't do anything typical of a 2 year old (i.e. throw it on the field).
 
2012-04-27 10:20:20 AM  

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.


Yep. I've caught a bunch at college games. They all go to the kids. If I want a baseball, I go buy one like a big boy.
 
2012-04-27 10:37:41 AM  
CSB bro time:

I was nine years old and went to the Vet for a Braves vs Phillies game. Mickey Morandini was my favorite player and he fouled a ball back and it hit the really beefy drunk guy behind me in the chest. It fell down and I sat back on it.

He was so mean the entire game harassing me about giving him the ball since it hit him square in the chest even after my dad told him to shut up about it. The Phillies used to have a promotion where they mounted the ball for you and had a certificate they gave you for catching a foul ball.

My dad and I went to the Customer Relations stand and they mounted the ball and gave me a certificate, which I had on display for some years.
 
2012-04-27 10:50:21 AM  

acella: I'd give the ball to the kid, because I honestly don't give a shiat about the ball. Getting it is the fun part. But to all of you people who think it is their duty to give it to the kid, go fark yourselves.

I know it's a little young to be learning life lessons, gotta start somewhere.


I see your point, but think about it this way. The two times I've given a caught ball to a random child sitting near me, I helped teach the kid a life lesson. The lesson? There are nice, generous people in the world and not everyone is starring in their own movie.
 
2012-04-27 11:04:18 AM  

4NTLRZ: The lesson? There are nice, generous people in the world


Jesus Tapdancing Christ, this. Half the problems in this country could be boiled down to the "Fark that kid! I caught the ball, it's mine, he can go fark himself, the spoiled little brat!" assholes in this thread.

What the hell is wrong with you people? Grown farking men taking pleasure out of making a child cry because fark him, that's why. Give the kid the farking ball. He'll put it on a shelf and every time he sees it as he grows up it will remind him of that time when he was just little that he caught his first ball. It will be a happy memory that he will carry with him, and it might even keep him caring about a game that you assholes think is important enough to make a child cry over. A little farking kindness goes a long farking way, but you would never know anymore with all you selfish pieces of shiat walking around. I hope the next time you accidentally drop your wallet or forget your cellphone in a public place the person that finds it takes anything and everything of value, mines it of all possible personal information, and then throws the rest in the trash. Seriously, Fark YOU.
 
2012-04-27 11:13:10 AM  
The fact two adults acted like that for getting a ball tossed to them makes ME want to cry.
 
2012-04-27 11:15:06 AM  

IAmRight: The only nice part of going to baseball games is that it's nice and peaceful and quiet.


An honest to god Royals fan. I feel like I just found a Unicorn.
 
2012-04-27 11:18:47 AM  

Shrugging Atlas: IAmRight: The only nice part of going to baseball games is that it's nice and peaceful and quiet.

An honest to god Royals fan. I feel like I just found a Unicorn.


Nah, last games I went to were Padres games, so close enough.
 
2012-04-27 11:33:01 AM  

StrangeQ: I hope the next time you accidentally drop your wallet or forget your cellphone in a public place the person that finds it takes anything and everything of value, mines it of all possible personal information, and then throws the rest in the trash. Seriously, Fark YOU.


That's a lot of rage over just ... catching a ball. I don't think this little kerfuffle is even remotely worth wishing hypothetical ills on people. But if I did, I'd hope that the next time you win a raffle, you are publicly shamed for not immediately handing your prize to the nearest child. On national television.

I understand giving a kid a ball hit into the stands. I do not understand why anybody should think a kid is automatically entitled to it, though. And I'm sort of curious what the reaction would be if the guy had actually caught a home run. How many people would think they were obligated to hand it over immediately? Personally, I get to maybe one MLB game every 4 or 5 years or so. And it's a big deal to put aside the money for the trip. Getting any kind of game ball would be kind of a big deal to me. But FARK ME, because a toddler is cranky.
 
2012-04-27 11:42:23 AM  
I guess the lesson here is that I should never go to a baseball game without my daughter. That way, any ball I catch is coming home with us!

/37 years old
//Never caught a ball at a baseball game
///The virginity metaphor above was apt
 
2012-04-27 11:47:18 AM  

StrangeQ: What the hell is wrong with you people? Grown farking men taking pleasure out of making a child cry because fark him, that's why. Give the kid the farking ball. He'll put it on a shelf and every time he sees it as he grows up it will remind him of that time when he was just little that he caught his first ball. It will be a happy memory that he will carry with him, and it might even keep him caring about a game that you assholes think is important enough to make a child cry over. A little farking kindness goes a long farking way, but you would never know anymore with all you selfish pieces of shiat walking around. I hope the next time you accidentally drop your wallet or forget your cellphone in a public place the person that finds it takes anything and everything of value, mines it of all possible personal information, and then throws the rest in the trash. Seriously, Fark YOU.


Once again, someone making the mistake of thinking we care about the kid at all. There is no pleasure taken in making the kid cry. For me, there is no pleasure in making another persons kid happy either. Kids are not special to me. If I saw a house burning down and went in to help people out, I'm helping the first person I see, whether its a kid or not. I'm not going to leave the adult dying on the floor because there might be kids around. If I had my own kids they'd be special to me, but I wouldn't expect anyone else to care about them. I see people complaining about "precious snowflakes" on here all the time, but it seems to me like you just want to perpetuate it.

I have given away stuff at games before to kids, because its that or throw it away, and I don't like being wasteful. If I make a bare handed grab on a screamer down the 3rd base line, Im keeping it as a reminder. If someone flips a ball up and I happen to grab it I might very well give it away. I'm sorry that I also like to have things to remind me of good times. What horrible people like me are that our first thoughts aren't the happiness of "the children."
 
2012-04-27 11:50:08 AM  
Last year my wife and I went to a game at Wrigley. A guy near me caught a foul ball, held it up for a second in case he was on camera, then found a kid sitting near him and flipped him the ball. The guy then received high fives from total strangers and got a nice round of applause.

Bonus: the guy did it without spilling his beer.
Bonus 2: the kid's dad bought the next round.

That is the textbook example of how you handle it.
 
2012-04-27 11:55:06 AM  

someonelse: StrangeQ: I hope the next time you accidentally drop your wallet or forget your cellphone in a public place the person that finds it takes anything and everything of value, mines it of all possible personal information, and then throws the rest in the trash. Seriously, Fark YOU.

That's a lot of rage over just ... catching a ball. I don't think this little kerfuffle is even remotely worth wishing hypothetical ills on people. But if I did, I'd hope that the next time you win a raffle, you are publicly shamed for not immediately handing your prize to the nearest child. On national television.

I understand giving a kid a ball hit into the stands. I do not understand why anybody should think a kid is automatically entitled to it, though. And I'm sort of curious what the reaction would be if the guy had actually caught a home run. How many people would think they were obligated to hand it over immediately? Personally, I get to maybe one MLB game every 4 or 5 years or so. And it's a big deal to put aside the money for the trip. Getting any kind of game ball would be kind of a big deal to me. But FARK ME, because a toddler is cranky.


Because there is a difference between what a child and what a grown adult experiences in this situation. Because the child might see this as an almost magical experience because they lack the knowledge to understand that it is not THAT special of a circumstance, ESPECIALLY in the situation that had happened here. The first baseman tosses a ball to the crowd and that selfish couple acts like they just caught the Cubs' World Series winning home run. To the kid it might as well be because they don't know any better; to deny the kid that just because you want to be a selfish dick and hold onto a trinket that has no essential intrinsic value is really inexcusable. It just shows you as a selfish asshole that has no sense of perspective.
 
2012-04-27 12:03:54 PM  

fonebone77: Once again, someone making the mistake of thinking we care about the kid at all. There is no pleasure taken in making the kid cry. For me, there is no pleasure in making another persons kid happy either. Kids are not special to me. If I saw a house burning down and went in to help people out, I'm helping the first person I see, whether its a kid or not. I'm not going to leave the adult dying on the floor because there might be kids around. If I had my own kids they'd be special to me, but I wouldn't expect anyone else to care about them. I see people complaining about "precious snowflakes" on here all the time, but it seems to me like you just want to perpetuate it.


And yet another example of why this country is going to hell. Do you farking forget that you were a kid once, too? No, you'd rather just be a bitter and angry asshole that wants those kids and their breeder parents to be as miserable as you are. Doesn't ever occur to you that raising kids surrounded by bitter and angry assholes will just end up bringing around a whole new generation of bitter and angry assholes?

Whatever, I guess that's better than the alternative of teaching kids the value of giving a fark about anyone other than yourself.
 
2012-04-27 12:19:05 PM  
"We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything all the time" when she declined to take the ball from them when they offered it AFTER realizing he was upset about the ball.

From the mother of the three year old boy. This faux outrage is pathetic. She also said the couple was very nice. The internet, giving morons a platform since the 1990's

She basically says he cries all the time when he doesn't get what he wants because, well...that's the stage in life he is at.
 
2012-04-27 12:29:21 PM  

someonelse: StrangeQ:That's a lot of rage over just ... catching a ball. I don't think this little kerfuffle is even remotely worth wishing hypothetical ills on people. But if I did, I'd hope that the next time you win a raffle, you are publicly shamed for not immediately handing your prize to the nearest child. On national television.


Not a very good comparison, IMO. You enter a raffle hoping to win a prize. You go to a baseball game because you're a fan of the game or team and to have a good time spent with family and friends. If someone goes to a ball game with hopes of coming away with a prize ball, I think that's a bit unrealistic. I sorta underand where you're coming from, though.

I understand giving a kid a ball hit into the stands. I do not understand why anybody should think a kid is automatically entitled to it, though. And I'm sort of curious what the reaction would be if the guy had actually caught a home run. How many people would think they were obligated to hand it over immediately? Personally, I get to maybe one MLB game every 4 or 5 years or so. And it's a big deal to put aside the money for the trip. Getting any kind of game ball would be kind of a big deal to me. But FARK ME, because a toddler is cranky.

It's not about a "little brat kid", "kerkuffle", "snow flake", "crotch fruit" or whatever label anyone wants to slap on the child being entitled to the ball. At least not to me. It's about doing something for someone else. It's about being kind to a total stranger. It's about making someone else happy. It's about putting positive energy out there.

It's about leaving the people and places that your life touches better off than before you came in contact with them. In this instance, it just so happens that a child is the beneficiary of an act of kindness.

More often than not, it eventually circles back to you. If you're lucky, you might receive Orgasmatron138's "Bonus 2". And if you're really lucky someone might do something kind for your child (if you have one) or someone you care about.

It's pretty simple, actually.
 
2012-04-27 12:33:42 PM  

StrangeQ: fonebone77: Once again, someone making the mistake of thinking we care about the kid at all. There is no pleasure taken in making the kid cry. For me, there is no pleasure in making another persons kid happy either. Kids are not special to me. If I saw a house burning down and went in to help people out, I'm helping the first person I see, whether its a kid or not. I'm not going to leave the adult dying on the floor because there might be kids around. If I had my own kids they'd be special to me, but I wouldn't expect anyone else to care about them. I see people complaining about "precious snowflakes" on here all the time, but it seems to me like you just want to perpetuate it.

And yet another example of why this country is going to hell. Do you farking forget that you were a kid once, too? No, you'd rather just be a bitter and angry asshole that wants those kids and their breeder parents to be as miserable as you are. Doesn't ever occur to you that raising kids surrounded by bitter and angry assholes will just end up bringing around a whole new generation of bitter and angry assholes?

Whatever, I guess that's better than the alternative of teaching kids the value of giving a fark about anyone other than yourself.


So if I don't "think of the chirren" i'm bitter and angry? Heh. I'm actually pretty happy in life. I don't have anything against parents or children. I just don't owe them anything. (they also don't owe me anything)
 
2012-04-27 12:36:39 PM  

srhp29: "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything all the time" when she declined to take the ball from them when they offered it AFTER realizing he was upset about the ball.

From the mother of the three year old boy. This faux outrage is pathetic. She also said the couple was very nice. The internet, giving morons a platform since the 1990's


Well, hell. The mother has more damn sense than half the people in this thread. Good for her. Now our national nightmare is finally over.
 
2012-04-27 12:47:39 PM  

bmfderek:

Or not a soul-less asshole from Dallas


The fan is from North Richland Hills, which is basically Ft. Worthless.
 
2012-04-27 12:48:16 PM  

4NTLRZ: It's not about a "little brat kid", "kerkuffle", "snow flake", "crotch fruit" or whatever label anyone wants to slap on the child being entitled to the ball. At least not to me. It's about doing something for someone else. It's about being kind to a total stranger. It's about making someone else happy. It's about putting positive energy out there.


Just to be clear, I never called this kid a "snowflake" or the even creepier "crotch fruit." I stand by "kerfuffle," though. And I totally agree about the positive energy thing. I just don't think it's at all clear that these people, in that moment, even knew the kid was crying about the ball. It's not even clear from the video whether the kid was crying before the ball was thrown or not. And that's us watching it frame-by-frame like the Zapruder film, not sitting there minding our own business. (And honestly, for me, part of minding my own business at any event like this would involve ignoring any nearby fidgety toddlers, unless they are more entertaining than the game.) So I can't really bring myself to label these people horrible monsters who are responsible for the downfall of society, based on what I saw.

Also, just because it seems like an interesting thought experiment, I'm still curious about what reaction would be if they caught a home run. In that case, does their luck/enjoyment outweigh the positive energy of giving it away?
 
2012-04-27 12:49:12 PM  
What happened, if you see 10 seconds of footage and have no context: A jerkoff older couple catch a ball thrown for a kid and ignore the kid's desperate desire for the ball. Therefore, they must be excoriated across the internet and news media for not constantly "thinking of the children!"

What happened, with context: A couple out for a ballgame on the day before their wedding happen to catch a foul ball and celebrate their good fortune. They later notice the crying kid and attempt to give him the ball, and are rebuffed by a couple of apparently decent parents who don't want their kid getting rewarded for crying every time he doesn't get something he wants. Later, the kid gets a second ball anyway. Literally no one involved in the "incident" is upset with anyone else in the incident, and all had a good time.

Good job, media/internet.
 
2012-04-27 12:50:44 PM  

fonebone77: So if I don't "think of the chirren"


Yes, that's exactly it, I'm channeling Mod Flanders. Nevermind man, you don't get it, and I doubt you ever will.

4NTLRZ: It's not about a "little brat kid", "kerkuffle", "snow flake", "crotch fruit" or whatever label anyone wants to slap on the child being entitled to the ball. At least not to me. It's about doing something for someone else. It's about being kind to a total stranger. It's about making someone else happy. It's about putting positive energy out there.

It's about leaving the people and places that your life touches better off than before you came in contact with them. In this instance, it just so happens that a child is the beneficiary of an act of kindness.

More often than not, it eventually circles back to you. If you're lucky, you might receive Orgasmatron138's "Bonus 2". And if you're really lucky someone might do something kind for your child (if you have one) or someone you care about.

It's pretty simple, actually...


Well said. Unfortunately, the message will still be completely lost on the "fark that kid I don't owe him anything" crowd.
 
2012-04-27 01:10:06 PM  

srhp29: "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything all the time" when she declined to take the ball from them when they offered it AFTER realizing he was upset about the ball.

From the mother of the three year old boy. This faux outrage is pathetic. She also said the couple was very nice. The internet, giving morons a platform since the 1990's

She basically says he cries all the time when he doesn't get what he wants because, well...that's the stage in life he is at.


something tells me StrangeQ would want to kill the mother now too. something about wallet lost and cell phone and identity or something.
 
2012-04-27 01:22:00 PM  
oh, but the lady that caught it has 3rd stage cancer and has been a lifelong fan who only wanted to get a foul ball before she died.

or maybe my opinion of their backstory has less bearing than who caught the ball.
 
2012-04-27 01:24:56 PM  

Lumpmoose: 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".


lol A cameraman a quarter mile away was able to catch what was going on but the people right beside the kid were clueless. The couple practically started a parade in honor of getting the foul ball, so yeah they kind of were rubbing the kid's face in it.

Yeah the kid needs to learn that life sucks but... the kid is going to learn about all that eventually anyway. Might as well help children continue to actually enjoy life while they still can.
 
2012-04-27 01:35:21 PM  

jbtilley: lol A cameraman a quarter mile away was able to catch what was going on but the people right beside the kid were clueless.


Or just maybe the snippet we saw is effectively a video Rorschach test, and everyone is filling in the missing details based on their own interpretations. lol.
 
2012-04-27 01:55:56 PM  

someonelse: 4NTLRZ: Just to be clear, I never called this kid a "snowflake" or the even creepier "crotch fruit."


No. Didn't mean to imply that. Just quoting some of the comments upthread.

I stand by "kerfuffle," though. And I totally agree about the positive energy thing. I just don't think it's at all clear that these people, in that moment, even knew the kid was crying about the ball. It's not even clear from the video whether the kid was crying before the ball was thrown or not. And that's us watching it frame-by-frame like the Zapruder film, not sitting there minding our own business. (And honestly, for me, part of minding my own business at any event like this would involve ignoring any nearby fidgety toddlers, unless they are more entertaining than the game.) So I can't really bring myself to label these people horrible monsters who are responsible for the downfall of society, based on what I saw.

True. I don't know that, in the moment, the couple realized what was going on either. I'm with you. I have a hard time jumping all over the couple as well. That's not my job. I was just relating my own experiences in situations that were nearly identical & from where I was operating. I have a hard time falling into the "I don't owe the kid anything" crowd. I'm just not wired that way, I guess. To me, that line of thinking just seems petty. I remember being a kid & it would have made my year if someone had caught a ball and just gave it to me. There's a magical element to being at a major league ballpark. It's a very special place that I personally have great memories of. But maybe I'm just a serious baseball geek. I still score games by hand when I go & have taught my sons how to do it.

Also, just because it seems like an interesting thought experiment, I'm still curious about what reaction would be if they caught a home run. In that case, does their luck/enjoyment outweigh the positive energy of giving it away?

I've been there. Caught a homer that Pudge hit into the wedge in right field & gave the ball to a kid nearby. At the time, I didn't think anything of it. That was just my reaction in that moment. In hindsight, knowing now that Pudge will likely be a first ballot hall of famer, I wish I'd kept that damned ball!

There's a flip-side to that coin, though. If I were at a game and happened to be lucky enough to catch a ball off a Yankee player, that Mother Hubbard is definitely getting thrown back! And I'm teaching a nearby kid a most valuable lesson.

The Yankees are the enemy and we don't want to have anything to do with them, aside from kicking their asses on the diamond!
 
2012-04-27 02:01:47 PM  

jbtilley: lol A cameraman a quarter mile away was able to catch what was going on but the people right beside the kid were clueless.


Because the cameraman wasn't just following the foul ball and putting the lens on where it landed. He was clearly reacting to a crying child hundreds of feet away. Holy sh*t, you're projecting like a motherf*cker.
 
2012-04-27 02:02:46 PM  

4NTLRZ: There's a flip-side to that coin, though. If I were at a game and happened to be lucky enough to catch a ball off a Yankee player, that Mother Hubbard is definitely getting thrown back! And I'm teaching a nearby kid a most valuable lesson.


Even more significantly for Rangers fans, it was hit by A-Rod.
 
2012-04-27 02:32:44 PM  

4NTLRZ: acella: I'd give the ball to the kid, because I honestly don't give a shiat about the ball. Getting it is the fun part. But to all of you people who think it is their duty to give it to the kid, go fark yourselves.

I know it's a little young to be learning life lessons, gotta start somewhere.

I see your point, but think about it this way. The two times I've given a caught ball to a random child sitting near me, I helped teach the kid a life lesson. The lesson? There are nice, generous people in the world and not everyone is starring in their own movie.


I get what you're saying, I just think people in this thread are drastically overestimating what it would mean to the kid. I would give the kid the ball, because yeah I'd rather have the feeling of making the kid's day than keeping a ball, but I don't think it would mean all that much to the kid like everyone here thinks. My dad caught me a homerun ball when I was a kid, and I got a foul ball once (at the ballpark in Arlington, mhmm). Guess what? No clue where those balls are, don't give a shiat either. He was just a brat crying over something he didn't get.
 
2012-04-27 02:35:41 PM  
And who the fark are any of you to say what that ball means to that woman? Baseball is an easy sport to understand which makes it very very accessible to women. My girl LOVES the sport, and would be farking stoked about getting a ball. Granted, she's a sweet girl and would probably give it to the kid, but if there wasn't a kid around to give it up to, she'd cherish the damn thing.
 
2012-04-27 02:37:55 PM  
They're just lucky it wasn't Josh Hamilton who tossed it to them, or they might have died.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQvnE_lIhq8
 
2012-04-27 02:40:41 PM  
I was a little kid at baseball games for a long time, I brought my glove to almost every game, and I never caught a foul ball. People fairly close to me caught them all the time, never gave the ball to me, and somehow I didn't resent them for it, or think they were monsters. Honestly, I would have thought it was weird if they just handed it to me because I was a kid. They caught the ball, and unless they pushed me out of the way to get to it, they earned their souvenir.

When my dad finally tracked down a foul ball and gave it to me, I was super-happy, and we even got the ball signed by the no-name player who fouled it off (Tony Eusibio). My dad was really excited too, he said it was the first foul ball he ever caught in his 30+ years of going to baseball games. To this day, it's still on a shelf in the room with all my dad's other baseball mementos. Somehow I don't think that baseball would be sitting there if some random fan had just given it to me after catching it.
 
2012-04-27 02:44:57 PM  

acella: Baseball is an easy sport to understand which makes it very very accessible to women.


Perhaps you could explain the infield fly rule to me. And the difference between a suicide squeeze and a safety squeeze.
 
2012-04-27 02:55:26 PM  

acella: Baseball is an easy sport to understand which makes it very very accessible to women.



best comment in thread!
 
2012-04-27 03:11:47 PM  
So, when I'm on the Metro today, and some kid starts crying because he sees me playing with my ipad, does that mean I have to give it to him?
 
2012-04-27 03:21:22 PM  

Smiths: srhp29: "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything all the time" when she declined to take the ball from them when they offered it AFTER realizing he was upset about the ball.

From the mother of the three year old boy. This faux outrage is pathetic. She also said the couple was very nice. The internet, giving morons a platform since the 1990's

She basically says he cries all the time when he doesn't get what he wants because, well...that's the stage in life he is at.

something tells me StrangeQ would want to kill the mother now too. something about wallet lost and cell phone and identity or something.


Right, they didn't accept the offer AFTER the team had already given them another ball. The team saw that the couple were being douches and tossed the kid another souveneir. And yeah, I'm sure they wanted to be really polite, again, AFTER they realized that everyone in the stadium thought they were being assholes.

Again, it's about simply being a good person vs. being a selfish prick. If you can make some kid's day by tossing them something of very little intrinsic value, what possible reason other than pure selfishness could you have not to?
 
2012-04-27 03:25:42 PM  

StrangeQ: Smiths: srhp29: "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything all the time" when she declined to take the ball from them when they offered it AFTER realizing he was upset about the ball.

From the mother of the three year old boy. This faux outrage is pathetic. She also said the couple was very nice. The internet, giving morons a platform since the 1990's

She basically says he cries all the time when he doesn't get what he wants because, well...that's the stage in life he is at.

something tells me StrangeQ would want to kill the mother now too. something about wallet lost and cell phone and identity or something.

Right, they didn't accept the offer AFTER the team had already given them another ball. The team saw that the couple were being douches and tossed the kid another souveneir. And yeah, I'm sure they wanted to be really polite, again, AFTER they realized that everyone in the stadium thought they were being assholes.

Again, it's about simply being a good person vs. being a selfish prick. If you can make some kid's day by tossing them something of very little intrinsic value, what possible reason other than pure selfishness could you have not to?


Everyone involved tells a different story, but you saw a video so of course you nail it. Right on.
 
2012-04-27 03:27:15 PM  

StrangeQ: Again, it's about simply being a good person vs. being a selfish prick. If you can make some kid's day by tossing them something of very little intrinsic value, what possible reason other than pure selfishness could you have not to?


find my post about my assball. i have a personal best to defeat and i caught that ball and it's my assball.
and when i catch another ball? I get to see which assball is better.
I could even try to put both in at the same time.
the kid and his parents and the fans around me can bite me. I'll tell them all about the game i play with my caught balls from sports events.
it makes my day to catch these pieces of memorabilia and shove them up my ass for as long as i can clench. not my fault some kid is crying or someone else didn't catch it instead of me; i feel just as angry at them when they catch my assballs. I look at them holding it and just think of all the good times i could have had lubing up that foul ball and counting "1....2.....3.....4....5.....6......7....8....9....10....DAMN" and then popping that sucker back in and going for 11!
those two people in the video? that could have been my assball. it looked nice and clean too. like it really had no abrasions or lumps or divots in it... would just be so firm and smooth riding up my colon.
but those two people caught it fair and square and dammit, that's one less lubed-up sphere i get to shove in my rectum.
 
2012-04-27 03:41:33 PM  

Leopold Stotch: So, when I'm on the Metro today, and some kid starts crying because he sees me playing with my ipad, does that mean I have to give it to him?


Don't bring it if you didn't bring enough to share. Your attitude is what is wrong with this country. We owe the people who are obviously better than us because they have somehow managed to figure out the intricacies of reproduction. It is our duty to do whatever it takes to keep their offspring happy. WHATEVER IT TAKES. Act like a human being and carry a couple of spare ipads, you dick. It is only money.
 
2012-04-27 03:57:23 PM  

someonelse: Perhaps you could explain the infield fly rule to me.


You see, Johnny, when there are players on base, a fielder might intentionally drop a pop-up in the infield just to f*ck a runner over and create the potential for a double play or to take a better runner off the basepaths. To prevent this type of chicanery, the infield fly rule exists.

I don't understand what's difficult about that.

A suicide squeeze means the runner is off with the pitch, a safety squeeze means the runner is off with contact (no I will not get thrown out at home on a pitch-out!)

What's hard about that?
 
2012-04-27 04:26:22 PM  

fishwazin: They're just lucky it wasn't Josh Hamilton who tossed it to them, or they might have died.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQvnE_lIhq8


I sincerely hope you've managed to channel being that clever into sustainable income.
 
2012-04-27 04:47:04 PM  

IAmRight: Because the cameraman wasn't just following the foul ball and putting the lens on where it landed. He was clearly reacting to a crying child hundreds of feet away. Holy sh*t, you're projecting like a motherf*cker.


I saw the video... yesterday I think. It was a ground ball that went foul then someone on the field picked it up and tossed it into the stands. Again, the cameraman noticed enough to keep the camera on them yet people 4 feet away are completely oblivious as they extend their celebration.
 
2012-04-27 05:16:30 PM  

jbtilley: I saw the video... yesterday I think. It was a ground ball that went foul then someone on the field picked it up and tossed it into the stands. Again, the cameraman noticed enough to keep the camera on them yet people 4 feet away are completely oblivious as they extend their celebration.


Indeed, it's very rare for cameramen to focus on a ball being tossed in the stands.

Because there's so much standing outside of the batter's box and "watching signs" (yeah, apparently they need signs to know to swing and try to hit the ball if it's a strike) to cover and there's only one camera in the whole stadium with which to do it.
 
2012-04-27 05:50:18 PM  

IAmRight: someonelse: Perhaps you could explain the infield fly rule to me.

You see, Johnny, when there are players on base, a fielder might intentionally drop a pop-up in the infield just to f*ck a runner over and create the potential for a double play or to take a better runner off the basepaths. To prevent this type of chicanery, the infield fly rule exists.

I don't understand what's difficult about that.

A suicide squeeze means the runner is off with the pitch, a safety squeeze means the runner is off with contact (no I will not get thrown out at home on a pitch-out!)

What's hard about that?


Ok, I get the suicide/safety distinction. But you only told me the reason for the infield fly rule (which I get), not the actual rule, or how it is implemented. Sorry for the delayed response; I got distracted by a shiny object and accidentally went shoe shopping.
 
2012-04-27 06:04:57 PM  

IAmRight: 4NTLRZ: There's a flip-side to that coin, though. If I were at a game and happened to be lucky enough to catch a ball off a Yankee player, that Mother Hubbard is definitely getting thrown back! And I'm teaching a nearby kid a most valuable lesson.

Even more significantly for Rangers fans, it was hit by A-Rod.


Or Teixeira (aka Judas)!
 
2012-04-27 06:05:02 PM  

someonelse: Ok, I get the suicide/safety distinction. But you only told me the reason for the infield fly rule (which I get), not the actual rule, or how it is implemented. Sorry for the delayed response; I got distracted by a shiny object and accidentally went shoe shopping.


The rule being if there are runners on 1st and 2nd...or the bases are loaded and less than two outs...if a ball is popped up in fair territory to an infielder (it's not like it has to be on inside the dirt or anything), the batter is out automatically. That takes away the force outs at the other bases and leaves no incentive to let a ball drop.
 
2012-04-27 07:01:19 PM  

srhp29: "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything all the time" when she declined to take the ball from them when they offered it AFTER realizing he was upset about the ball.

From the mother of the three year old boy. This faux outrage is pathetic. She also said the couple was very nice. The internet, giving morons a platform since the 1990's

She basically says he cries all the time when he doesn't get what he wants because, well...that's the stage in life he is at.


Yea I forgot to mention this too. Two-four year olds tend to want a lot of things they can't always have and cry several times a day if told no. Anyone who has looked after one knows this.
 
2012-04-27 09:31:54 PM  

someonelse: But you only told me the reason for the infield fly rule (which I get), not the actual rule, or how it is implemented.


if there's runners on, less than two out, and the umpire feels like calling it, basically.
 
2012-04-27 11:19:05 PM  
follow up..the couple wants an apology from the Yankee announcer.
 
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