Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:36 AM
I've had a couple of balls thrown to me before the game.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:05 AM
Closest ever was last year, at the WBC in Phoenix. Joe Mauer lined one into the third base stands and it landed one row below me and one seat to the right. A companion happened to be sitting there (we had spread out because of less than capacity attendance) and he ducked to the side rather than try for it. And even though it was coming almost right at me, I didn't even bother to move - this was no popup where it's uncertain where it will land and you might jockey for it, instead it was clear it wasn't going to be within easy reach. It was definitely scorched, and probably would have hurt me if I'd tried. An older woman below us wound up with the ball. Would have been great to have snared it, it being Mauer and all, but I didn't want to end up on the stadium cam fighting an old lady (and perhaps losing).
Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:39 PM
My mom 'caught' a foul a couple of years ago at ST. The ball was coming our way and everyone around us jumped up to catch it. We all heard a 'thunk' but no one could find the ball. The 'thunk' was the ball hitting the back of the seat in front of us; and it deflected into my mom's lap where it stayed. She had a pretty nice bruise by later that day. But not bad for an 80-yr-old. She is very proud of that story to this day.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:05 PM
My most regrettable is a JC Romero ball. My sister had a friend who had a season ticket package with seats behind the bullpen and she was regularly invited to go to games. The first game she called out to JC for a ball and he brought her over four. Every game after he started signing balls for her even though she claims she didn't ask for them. I went with her one game and she asked him to sign a ball for me. I still feel gross knowing I got that ball because I was OK with JC Romero hitting on my sister. Not gross enough to stop me from displaying it with my other baseball stuff though I guess.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:00 PM
1. Ball thrown to me during pre-game warmups at Dome in '96 by A's pitcher Jim Corsi.
2. Ball tossed to me by Michael Ryan during that 0-0 15-inning game vs Indians in '02
3. Random loose ball at White Sox spring training game in '03
4. Foul ball hit by Cuddyer at Dome on Fan Appreciation Day 2006
Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:01 PM
Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:24 PM
- Caught a line drive HR to deep center in the dome off Chili Davis' bat (still hurts) in 1991 (American League Ball)
- Got a pop foul in 1995 at New Britain, their first year of their Twins' affiliation when they were Hardware City at the old Beehive Field (Eastern League Ball)
- Was tossed one (by Drew Butera of all people) while at the OF tables during Twins' BP at the Tampa ballpark last Spring Training (MLB Ball)
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:41 PM
I am so glad I didn't touch that ball. I don't know if I've ever seen anything that small moving that quickly. It probably would have just kept going into the stands with my hand attached to it.
I've been really close to at least a dozen foul tips (I rarely sit in the OF) but nothing within reach.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:06 PM
Did get a ball flipped to me at the dome by Jason Giambi when he with the A's. Gave the ball to a little kid nearby. I'm friends with Giambi's old high school basketball coach we got pretty well hooked up for the weekend. Good times!
Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:17 PM
Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:29 PM
But it took about 50 years of going to MLB games before I finally got a batted ball during a game and then it happened two straight days.
Spring training a few years ago, I got a foul line drive down the line beyond the dugout at a Twins/Jays game in Dunedin and the very next day at a Twins/Pirates game in Bradenton I was in the first row down the LF line and a squibber rolled along in front of the wall that I just leaned over and scooped up.
~You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant~
Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:59 PM
Edited by Boom Boom, 14 January 2014 - 04:01 PM.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 04:18 PM
The first year Metrodome was open, after a few innings, I got up to walk around and check the place out. During my journey, a foul ball bounced off of the very seat I had been sitting in.
A couple of years back at Wrigley Field, a ball came very close. It was rather mesmerizing; you see batted balls all the time but this one came right for us. My wife held up a Cubs blanket she had bought to defend herself. Fortunately a guy sitting to our right reached over and grabbed the ball.
Last year at Target Field I was sitting in one of those concrete troughs near the field for people with limited mobility. A foul ball bounced maybe 10 feet from me. I had brought a glove but made no try to snag it. It was a high pop up and the daytime sun was blinding.
After the last game of the 2011 season we were standing next to the field. Drew Butera walked by, his arms loaded with gear. My wife put out her hand. Drew handed her a bat. A Louisville Slugger "Genuine I13" model Delmon Young. Has pine tar on it. The bat is next to me as I type this.
Edited by steve, 14 January 2014 - 05:24 PM.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 04:42 PM
The first weekend series of the opening of Target Field I came close to catching a homerun ball. The Twins were playing the Royals and Orlando Hudson hit one out to left field and the ball was coming right at me but it just clanged off the deck above and went back on the field.
Everyone was excited but I was disappointed as I was soo close to catching a ball.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 05:21 PM
The best part was that they were running a "get your ball signed if you catch a foul ball in the fourth inning" promotion and their PR guy waddled down and said "What the hell...ground rule doubles too". I reluctantly gave up the ball and had it shipped to me a few weeks later with Matty's signature. I took a ton of heat for just handing it over and trusting I'd get it back.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:36 PM
My count: Zero
Closest - Yohan Santana's rookie year, 17K game. Sitting down 1st base line, foul pop landed three seats to my left. The lady in the seat next to me gave me a dirty look for sticking my glove out towards it, but I had had enough beer and dome dogs to let it go.
Oh, and I am 35 and I still bring my glove to every game I go to.