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Braves fan catches foul ball with his face (GIF)

An Atlanta Braves fan had the best chance he will probably ever have at a foul ball on Wednesday night, and he may end up with nothing but a broken nose to show for it.

The fan had plenty of space to make the play and he tried to get fancy by catching the ball in his hat. It’s a move we have seen people have success with in the past, but this guy wasn’t as lucky. He missed the ball by about a foot and ended up taking it right to the biscuit.

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To make matters worse, the ball bounced off the fan’s face and someone else ended up with it. Hopefully they gave it back to him. If you’re going to have a black eye, you might as well keep the souvenir.

GIF via Pete Blackburn

Braves fan ejected for heckling Bryce Harper (Video)


Tim-Welke-ejects-fanAn Atlanta Braves fan took it a bit too far while trying to distract Bryce Harper on Tuesday night, and he was ejected from the ballpark as a result. During the 6th inning of Washington’s NL East-clinching win over the Braves, a fan could be heard raining four-letter words down on Bryce Harper.

“Bryce Harper you f—ing suck you piece of s—!” the fan said with dignity and class.

To Harper’s credit, the Nationals star ignored the fan and was prepared to continue his at-bat. Home plate umpire Tim Welke, on the other hand, had heard enough. As Big League Stew noted, the fan had reportedly been harassing Harper for several innings.

“Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy!” Welke yelled toward a Turner Field usher. “Get rid of him now!”

The fan was promptly escorted off the premises.

Some fans who heckle players are fortunate enough to later take a selfie with them, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. There are creative and permissible ways to go about trying to distract the opposing team. That guy didn’t use any of them.

The irony of the whole situation is that the Nationals went on to clinch the NL East while the Braves are 5.5 games back in the wildcard race. If Atlanta was in the hunt, there might have been enough noise at Turner field to drown out that fan’s naughty language.

Video via Reddit

Braves fan hurts himself trying to catch Albert Pujols home run (GIF)

Braves fanIf there’s an argument to be made for fans bringing mitts to the park, this would be Exhibit A as proof. I mean this poor Braves fan was just eaten alive by that Albert Pujols home run worse than a shortstop who doesn’t charge a chopper. He had no clue what to do on that ball.

Uhhh, ball’s coming my way, what do I do? He kicks up his leg and still gets hit! Based on the reaction, I wouldn’t be surprised if he broke a bone. Ouch!

Fan at Braves game fondles woman’s breasts (Video)

Who hasn’t been here before? Out in public, trying to cop a feel on your girl, slyly(or not so slyly) putting your hands on her chest or backside. Let’s be real — this sort of thing happens all the time. The only difference is if you’re at a ballgame, you have to realize there are cameras everywhere and you could end up on national TV and then going viral on the ‘net if you’re not careful. This guy is probably a hero among his circle of friends. His lady, however, probably wants to crawl in a hole right about now.

H/T Deadspin

Bryce Harper on Atlanta Braves fans: ‘I love when they go crazy and boo me’

Bryce Harper NationalsWashington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper is the type of player who lives for drama. He has a temper that has been well-documented and makes it obvious that he can’t stand losing. The 20-year-old outfielder also feeds off the hatred he receives from opposing fans, and he has been fed a lot of it by Atlanta Braves supporters this season.

Harper has been hit by pitches against the Braves three times this season. Earlier this month, he was plunked after admiring his home run and flipping his bat. Then on Friday, Atlanta fans cheered when Harper was hit two more times. He loved every second of it.

“I love these fans. I really do,” Harper said Sunday, per Dan Kolko of MASN Sports. “These people are absolutely unbelievable for their team. If I was playing for a team like this and had a crowd like that, I’d be stoked to play here every night, too. I love playing at Nats Park. We have a great crowd, too. Going to Philly. Going here. Fenway. New York. There are so many great crowds.

“I love when the crowd goes crazy and they boo me. I live for that situation. I think a lot of guys do. Just like the old commercials, ‘We live for this.’ Live for the booing, and (when) they’re going crazy, it makes me a better player.”

Harper could not have loved the Braves taking two out of three from his Nationals, but he heard plenty of boos every time he strolled to the plate. He also had a brief exchange with third base umpire Marvin Hudson when he was called out on a 1-2 check swing to end the game. Harper said he didn’t like the call, but wouldn’t elaborate much further.

“I just told him how good he was and how good he looked,” he joked.

If a rivalry is budding between the Braves and Nationals, there is no better person to play the role of villain than Bryce Harper.

H/T Hardball Talk

Braves fans litter field after controversial infield fly call (Video)

The debut of baseball’s one-game wild-card playoff format was marred by a mess that would make the NFL’s replacement refs cringe.

The Braves-Cardinals game Friday night was delayed in the eighth inning after Atlanta fans began littering the field with debris in protest of a call that went against their team.

With the Braves trailing 6-3 with one out and men on first and second, Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons hit a pop fly to left that fell between Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday. However, left field umpire Sam Holbrook called the infield fly rule right before the ball dropped — halfway out into the outfield.

Instead of bases loaded and one out, Atlanta was left with men on second and third with two outs. The fans were so upset they began littering the field with debris, causing an 18-minute delay. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez protested the call. Atlanta’s next batter, pinch-hitter Brian McCann, walked to load the bases, but Michael Bourn struck out to end the inning, and the Braves went on to lose 6-3.

Tough way for Chipper Jones’ career to end, especially after he railed against the one-game playoff format last month. Braves fans won’t forgive the umpires for this call anytime soon.

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Braves fan’s sign ‘I skipped chemo to see Chipper’ (Picture)

How big of a deal was Chipper Jones’ last weekend for regular-season action at Turner Field in Atlanta? Enough to make one Braves fan claim she skipped a chemotherapy session to watch the franchise legend play his last regular-season game at home for the Braves.

Chipper Jones’ retirement tour has been a huge deal all season with the former MVP receiving gifts at nearly every stop. His impending retirement was enough to pack the house at Turner Field all weekend — no small feat.

Even though he went hitless the first two games of the series, Chipper went 1-for-2 with two walks in a 6-2 win on Sunday. Hopefully he made the fan’s missed session worthwhile.

UPDATE: A few people emailed in to inform us that the fan in question is Laura Stallings. You can read more about her story at this Facebook page.

Side note: What’s up with all the cancer-related signs at baseball games lately?

Photo via @hgielatan/Twitter