The foul ball, one of the most sought-after souvenirs one can obtain at a baseball game. Many fans go a lifetime without snatching one of these jewels out of the air. Others have dozens. Below are a few rules we believe every fan should follow in their pursuit of this prized possession.
The Child Always has the Right-of-Way – Always!
We have all seen it. A grown adult trampling a child for a foul ball or snatching a ball right out of the child’s grasp. All we can say is – don’t do it! If you are at your seat and a ball flies into your lap that is fair game. Your seat is your space. But, if it is a 50/50 between you and a child? Hand it over. Even if it is your first. Not only, will you be a hero to the child but you will have also gained the respect of the fans around you. Plus, as part of the superstitious baseball community, we firmly believe that karma will always find a way to repay you for your generosity in the end.
Don’t Interfere With the Action On the Field.
Unfortunately, there are fans who now live in the witness protection program because they interfered with the action taking place on the field. As with children, the ballplayer always has the right away. Don’t risk costing your favorite team a win because you were desperate for a foul ball. Remember, it is always wise to yield to the player or risk moving your family to a different country.
Pass It On To Your Partner.
Here’s the situation. It’s date night at the ballgame and you’ve done it. You have finally snared that foul ball out of the air. You are the envy of every fan sitting around you. Now, it’s time to make the classiest of moves and put the icing on that date night cake. Pass it on to your partner. Not only will you make the date unforgettable whether your team wins or loses, but trust us, it will all pay off for you later in the night.
Avoid the Face Plant.
Avoid this terrible mistake at all costs. The umpire has just declared the ball foul and it is rolling right past your front row seat. You reach out as far as you can over the railing for the ball and inexplicably fall face first onto the playing surface. Again – don’t do it! Not only, will you will be watching the rest of the game from outside the stadium as you will be escorted away for entering the field of play. It is embarrassing and you will be forced to relive the moment endlessly as it is shown on blooper reels for years to come.
Be humble in your achievement. You’ve just scored a foul ball. Now, be a pro about it. Standing over those you just beat out for the souvenir, enthusiastically yelling into the air, dancing wildly, and rubbing it in their faces will only turn their appreciation for your achievement into bitterness and who knows what they may do to you after the game. Celebrate your grab with your fellow fans and pass the ball around for all to see. Share the experience. Save the dancing for when you get home.
To Glove or Not To Glove?
We say bring your glove. Always. No Seat is too far for a ball to reach these days. Some may tell you it is uncool for an adult to bring their glove to the game. This is nonsense. Bring it. We believe in a simple unwritten rule with foul balls. They seem to find those persons wearing gloves and for those without gloves, it’s usually a trip to the emergency room with a broken hand. We don’t care how old you protect your hands and show off the leather.
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