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(YardBarker)   65-year old man makes one of the best catches ever at Wrigley Field, is immediately signed to three-year deal   (network.yardbarker.com ) divider line
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2014-08-13 12:26:08 AM  
FAKE!   No one in a Cubs uniform can catch like that.
 
2014-08-13 12:53:49 AM  

RightWingWacko: FAKE!   No one in a Cubs uniform can catch like that.


But they can throw like that.
 
2014-08-13 02:52:56 AM  
What a lie!  They did not sign him to a 3-year contract.

It was 5 years...
 
2014-08-13 03:35:15 AM  

phlegmmo: RightWingWacko: FAKE!   No one in a Cubs uniform can catch like that.

But they can throw like that.


So he's their ace?
 
2014-08-13 04:20:19 AM  
It takes a while for those left handers to mature.
 
2014-08-13 08:05:00 AM  
They should have sentenced him to 3 years in prison for fraud. The tradition of throwing back an opposing team's home run ball is a lie.
 
2014-08-13 08:38:47 AM  
his wifes expression is priceless. he really looks like he was about to fall over.

it would make for a good photoshop for you guys
 
2014-08-13 08:46:30 AM  
Dude had a glove.  Lame . . .
 
2014-08-13 08:49:25 AM  
That's 65? Sure he's not 75 or 80??
 
2014-08-13 08:57:35 AM  
That is easily outside of the top 50 catches I've seen. Impressive? Yes. One of the best ever? Not by a country mile.
 
2014-08-13 09:09:55 AM  
Bet there was some sweaty-grunty old people sex happening for him that night!
 
2014-08-13 09:12:53 AM  
I read a few articles.  They all talk about him throwing back a "dummy ball".  Do people really take balls to the game to throw one back if they catch one?  This is a thing?  Why throw anything back?
 
2014-08-13 09:25:38 AM  

GDubDub: I read a few articles.  They all talk about him throwing back a "dummy ball".  Do people really take balls to the game to throw one back if they catch one?  This is a thing?  Why throw anything back?


Shouldn't he be ejected then for throwing an object onto the field?
 
2014-08-13 09:28:12 AM  

GDubDub: I read a few articles.  They all talk about him throwing back a "dummy ball".  Do people really take balls to the game to throw one back if they catch one?  This is a thing?  Why throw anything back?


I've taken a spare ball to Wrigley, just in case I got lucky and caught a visitor's home run.

/never came close
 
2014-08-13 09:40:09 AM  

GDubDub: I read a few articles.  They all talk about him throwing back a "dummy ball".  Do people really take balls to the game to throw one back if they catch one?  This is a thing?  Why throw anything back?


Because Cubs fans.
 
2014-08-13 09:41:06 AM  

GDubDub: I read a few articles.  They all talk about him throwing back a "dummy ball".  Do people really take balls to the game to throw one back if they catch one?  This is a thing?  Why throw anything back?


It's a thing because it's yet another "unwrriten rule" that when the visiting team makes a home run, you throw it back.  (An official disrespecting of their efforts?)  So what one of the announcers noted is that a lot of the guys sitting in home run territory bleacher seats bring a dummy ball that they can throw back instead of the real ball.  Because keeping a home run ball from someone who might one day end up in the hall of fame would be smarter than throwing it back on the field.
 
2014-08-13 09:54:12 AM  

joeshill: GDubDub: I read a few articles.  They all talk about him throwing back a "dummy ball".  Do people really take balls to the game to throw one back if they catch one?  This is a thing?  Why throw anything back?

It's a thing because it's yet another "unwrriten rule" that when the visiting team makes a home run, you throw it back.  (An official disrespecting of their efforts?)  So what one of the announcers noted is that a lot of the guys sitting in home run territory bleacher seats bring a dummy ball that they can throw back instead of the real ball.  Because keeping a home run ball from someone who might one day end up in the hall of fame would be smarter than throwing it back on the field.


Yep. There's usually enough BP balls scattered around the bleachers that even if the person who caught the home run doesn't have an extra, there's a good chance one will be provided to them pretty quickly.
 
2014-08-13 10:09:19 AM  
That was indeed an awesome catch. Until now, I thought that people actually threw the game ball back on the field, and I'm kind of disappointed that they don't. I sort of respected Cubs fans more when I thought they just didn't give a f*ck. Great catch, though.
 
2014-08-13 11:15:51 AM  
If the deal is with the Cubs, he'll make another great catch - and then be traded because Tom Ricketts
needs quick cash.  (Like Harry Frazee trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees.)
 
2014-08-13 11:28:27 AM  

someonelse: That was indeed an awesome catch. Until now, I thought that people actually threw the game ball back on the field, and I'm kind of disappointed that they don't. I sort of respected Cubs fans more when I thought they just didn't give a f*ck. Great catch, though.


A lot of them do throw the actual game ball back in. I've seen that at both Cubs and Sox games. Must be contagious that some people at the cell do it.

/Sox fan, but my work has seats at Wrigley that I've been able to use once in the past seven years
 
2014-08-13 01:43:46 PM  

skrame: someonelse: That was indeed an awesome catch. Until now, I thought that people actually threw the game ball back on the field, and I'm kind of disappointed that they don't. I sort of respected Cubs fans more when I thought they just didn't give a f*ck. Great catch, though.

A lot of them do throw the actual game ball back in. I've seen that at both Cubs and Sox games. Must be contagious that some people at the cell do it.

/Sox fan, but my work has seats at Wrigley that I've been able to use once in the past seven years


Actually a lot of Sox fans will yell at people who throw the ball back because they don't want to be associated with the tradition. I'm pretty sure a few years ago the Sox even had things posted in the park and possibly even announcements discouraging people from throwing the ball back onto the field.
 
2014-08-14 11:32:57 AM  

SlagginOff: skrame: someonelse: That was indeed an awesome catch. Until now, I thought that people actually threw the game ball back on the field, and I'm kind of disappointed that they don't. I sort of respected Cubs fans more when I thought they just didn't give a f*ck. Great catch, though.

A lot of them do throw the actual game ball back in. I've seen that at both Cubs and Sox games. Must be contagious that some people at the cell do it.

/Sox fan, but my work has seats at Wrigley that I've been able to use once in the past seven years

Actually a lot of Sox fans will yell at people who throw the ball back because they don't want to be associated with the tradition. I'm pretty sure a few years ago the Sox even had things posted in the park and possibly even announcements discouraging people from throwing the ball back onto the field.


I'm one of those Sox fans. Give the ball to a little kid at the game. ONCE I caught a visitor's home run ball at the Cell and I immediately gave it to a kid maybe 5 or 6 years old nearby who was carrying one of the "first time at the ball-park" certificates they hand out. I asked the dad if it was cool and he of course said YES! The look on the little girl's face was unforgetable. Her dad bought me a beer too, which was pretty cool and unnecessary.
Another time I sat next to a guy who said he would throw one back and I gave him some crap for it. Make a kid's day, for real. Even if the home team loses due to that home run, (oh noes! one game out of !!162!!) I'm sure that kid will really never forget getting a home-run ball. Stupid practice in my opinion. Especially the "throw back a fake" I just can't understand the mentality.
 
2014-08-14 12:33:31 PM  

SharkaPult: SlagginOff: skrame: someonelse: That was indeed an awesome catch. Until now, I thought that people actually threw the game ball back on the field, and I'm kind of disappointed that they don't. I sort of respected Cubs fans more when I thought they just didn't give a f*ck. Great catch, though.

A lot of them do throw the actual game ball back in. I've seen that at both Cubs and Sox games. Must be contagious that some people at the cell do it.

/Sox fan, but my work has seats at Wrigley that I've been able to use once in the past seven years

Actually a lot of Sox fans will yell at people who throw the ball back because they don't want to be associated with the tradition. I'm pretty sure a few years ago the Sox even had things posted in the park and possibly even announcements discouraging people from throwing the ball back onto the field.

I'm one of those Sox fans. Give the ball to a little kid at the game. ONCE I caught a visitor's home run ball at the Cell and I immediately gave it to a kid maybe 5 or 6 years old nearby who was carrying one of the "first time at the ball-park" certificates they hand out. I asked the dad if it was cool and he of course said YES! The look on the little girl's face was unforgetable. Her dad bought me a beer too, which was pretty cool and unnecessary.
Another time I sat next to a guy who said he would throw one back and I gave him some crap for it. Make a kid's day, for real. Even if the home team loses due to that home run, (oh noes! one game out of !!162!!) I'm sure that kid will really never forget getting a home-run ball. Stupid practice in my opinion. Especially the "throw back a fake" I just can't understand the mentality.


Oh I'm with you on this one. I'd much rather make a kid's day than hope that maybe someday in the distant future this ball might be worth $63. Hell, I don't even know if I'd hold onto a Sox walk off home run in a playoff game if there was a kid around.
 
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