My Fritz Peterson foul ball from 1966…(had to beat 5,896 others in attendance that day to the ball!)
But the best group is, far-and-away, the children. When a little kid catches a ball (or is the first to pick it up), that pride and excitement that you see on their faces is fantastic. They’re excited when a parent or adult gives them a ball that they caught, but catching the ball themselves is the best. The Giants and Diamondbacks had two interesting moments this week, when young fans were caught on camera at their two ballparks almost catching balls. The videos are a ton of fun to watch - here’s the Giants kid and here’s the Diamondbacks kid - but that’s only near-joy. For the best example of this joy, check out the video above.
He only shows up for about five seconds (beginning at the 16-second mark), but that’s the joy I’m talking about. The toothless smile, the hands upraised, the grinning high-fives… no one can watch that clip without smiling. Whenever I finally catch my foul ball, I hope I look half as cute as that. Something tells me I’m about twenty-five years too late, though, so it’ll probably just be a quick high-five and nothing else. What was it like the first time you caught a home run or foul ball?
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