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Thursday, October 27, 2011
I had a mega-bargument over Eric Hosmer’s 1st HR being tossed back by an interlocking interloper at Yankee Stadium.
The baseball gods gave Jordan Hartsell a piece of history during Game 3 of the World Series. And due to the worst tradition in baseball, she threw it back in their faces.
Or more accurately, she threw it onto the field.
Hartsell was sitting in the stands in left-center at Rangers Ballpark during the ninth inning Saturday night when Albert Pujols hit his record-tying third home run of the game. Fans reached up to catch the home run ball as it landed two rows in front of her, the ball deflected off their hands and smacked Jordan in the chest. Her mother picked the ball up from the ground and handed it to Jordan. For a brief moment, she held baseball history in her fingers. Just three players in history have hit three home runs in a World Series game—Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson and Pujols. And she had the historic ball in her hand! But because the ridiculous trend is for fans to throw back opponent’s home runs, Hartsell immediately whipped the valuable souvenir onto the field.
...Unfortunately, Hartsell is all too correct about that. Far too many fans are throwing home run balls back onto the field, copying a stupid tradition started by Cubs fans. Why anyone would happily copy a tradition begun by baseball’s ultimate losers is beyond me. But just as The Wave did three decades ago, this trend has inexplicably and disturbingly spread around the country to other teams.
Posted: October 27, 2011 at 08:05 PM | 21 comment(s)
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