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Sun News Network: Old dude at Cubs game makes off-balance catch, sneakily tosses other ball back

Actually, the “old coot” is 65-year old Mike Pullin, a retired professional bowler. In any event, he’s no Bartman.

The aged dude is apparently as quick with his mind as he is with his glove.

Immediately following the snag, he grabbed a ball resting on his seat and tossed it back into play.

The broadcast team was even fooled by the subtle trick: ”He throws the ball back into play, but the Brewers will take that home run…”

JE (Jason) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, fans, old coot, wrigley field

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   1. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4769274)
That was a nice grab. MLBN did a nice spoof on Plesac with this, showing clips of Cecil's HR over the LF bleachers at County Stadium and adding an image of this guy (Pullin) grabbing Fielder's HR ball as it went out of the ballpark.
   2. zonk Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4769279)
Huh... I'm surprised he got into the stadium with the ball.

I used to do this when I sat in the bleachers -- you always bring a ball with you so you can keep the HR ball and toss back the ratty decoy and avoid a half inning of abuse by other bleacher bums in your area.

With some of the nonsense that's pervaded the last 10 years or so, they got a lot more strict on what you could bring in... The last time I tried to bring a dupe ball into the bleachers was around 2003 -- it was confiscated on my way into the park... the ticket guy was apologetic - he knew why I brought it - but said it was new policy not to allow folks to bring 'throwable objects' into the bleachers any more...
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4769311)
If he tumbles over the back of the bleachers, I'm sure there would have been hand-wringing about "safety", and they would have added another fence behind that one that was 20 feet tall.
   4. JE (Jason) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM (#4769317)
Huh... I'm surprised he got into the stadium with the ball.

How hard is it to stick a ball in your shorts? (No pun intended.)
   5. Moses Taylor Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4769331)
If he tumbles over the back of the bleachers, I'm sure there would have been hand-wringing about "safety", and they would have added another fence behind that one that was 20 feet tall.

Oh, I think you may have stumbled upon a way for the Ricketts to get one over on the rooftops. Hire a stunt guy, have him fall out of the park, and voila, obstructed views!
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4769336)
I wish the idea that baseballs from MLB games are so precious wasn't as prevalent. Some d-bag interfering in a big moment in the playoffs again is inevitable unless things change.
   7. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4769361)
Hire a stunt guy, have him fall out of the park, and voila, obstructed views!

Just have that dude that jumped over the railing to catch the extra point at Soldier Field some number of years ago, or did he bust his legs?
   8. bigglou115 Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4769362)
Nvm
   9. zonk Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4769367)
How hard is it to stick a ball in your shorts? (No pun intended.)


I did -- they did a pat down, not it wasn't obvious there was something in my pocket...
   10. Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4769370)
but said it was new policy not to allow folks to bring 'throwable objects' into the bleachers any more...


And yet, they allowed the old dude to bring his wife.
   11. jobu Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4769395)
I think it's a pretty remarkable fan catch, even before you adjust for fan age.
   12. Spahn Insane Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4769397)
How hard is it to stick a ball in your shorts?

Harder for some of us than for others, dingleberry! ;)
   13. Athletic Supporter is trying to remember your name Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4769398)
I thought this was going to be a story about Julio Franco.
   14. Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM (#4769400)
How hard is it to stick a ball in your shorts?

Harder for some of us than for others, dingleberry! ;)


No, no, no! You are supposed to put the potato in the front of your speedos.
   15. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4769417)
A kid did something similar in toronto a few months ago. The announcers did see the action though, called him out on the broadcast.

Kid gives different ball to girl
   16. PepTech Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4769430)
That kid probably got four or five balls that day. This practice has always bothered me - kids whose parents can afford front row seats get all the souvenirs. Meanwhile hundreds of kids in the bleachers have no shot at a ball.

Granted, on the scale of cosmic injustice, this is pretty minor. But if those parents have season tickets, I could imagine them hauling in an average of a ball a game, at least, over the course of the year. And those, presumably, would be parents that could afford to buy a case of souvenir baseballs.
   17. Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4769441)
That kid probably got four or five balls that day. This practice has always bothered me - kids whose parents can afford front row seats get all the souvenirs. Meanwhile hundreds of kids in the bleachers have no shot at a ball.

Granted, on the scale of cosmic injustice, this is pretty minor. But if those parents have season tickets, I could imagine them hauling in an average of a ball a game, at least, over the course of the year. And those, presumably, would be parents that could afford to buy a case of souvenir baseballs.


Yeah, but that's an injustice with no real solution. You can't have guys heaving balls into the upper deck. Either the kids in the front row get them, or nobody does.
   18. JE (Jason) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4769522)
That kid probably got four or five balls that day. This practice has always bothered me - kids whose parents can afford front row seats get all the souvenirs. Meanwhile hundreds of kids in the bleachers have no shot at a ball.

At least when a visiting player does it, the ball typically ends up in the hands of a fan of his team.

EDIT: Regarding Misirlou's comment, I don't see the problem with outfielders on the home team heaving the ball into the bleachers.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4769533)
kids whose parents can afford front row seats get all the souvenirs.


Ha! That used to bug me when I was a kidd, too.
   20. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4769545)
EDIT: Regarding Misirlou's comment, I don't see the problem with outfielders on the home team heaving the ball into the bleachers.


Neither does Rob Dibble.

Not everyone would be expected to be looking at that point in time, and heaves are typically not too accurate.

   21. The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:25 PM (#4769774)
Neyer:
Throwing a home-run ball back is a fine symbolic gesture ... but it's only symbolic if it's the actual baseball! If it's the actual baseball, you're sacrificing something that has some value, however moderate. But without the sacrifice, there is no gesture. And with no gesture, there is no meaning.

It started out as something sorta beautiful. Now it's nothing. So they should just stop doing it, since obviously it doesn't mean anything any more.
   22. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4769784)
It doesn't mean anything any more?

Isn't the "throw another ball back" move the oldest trick in the book (as post 2 points out)? Shouldn't Neyer be aware of that?
   23. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:48 PM (#4769788)
It's a great catch, for anyone at any age.
However I'd need enforce my, "hey you're an adult and you look silly bringing a glove to a game" rule.
No one over 12 should ever bring a glove to a game. We all have our things, this is one of mine.
   24. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:48 PM (#4769814)
Once you retire, you can start bringing your mitt again.
   25. McCoy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4769847)
Neyer fails to realize that the reason they throw the non-HR ball back is so the bleachers don't give them a hard time for keeping the HR ball.

EDIT: Regarding Misirlou's comment, I don't see the problem with outfielders on the home team heaving the ball into the bleachers.


It's all fun and games until somebody dies.
   26. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM (#4769915)
However I'd need enforce my, "hey you're an adult and you look silly bringing a glove to a game" rule.
No one over 12 should ever bring a glove to a game. We all have our things, this is one of mine.


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