Remember the name Raul Lopez? If it sounds familiar to you, it’s because Raul is the father of Christian Lopez, the Yankees fan who caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit. In exchange for returning the milestone ball to Jeter, the Yankees gave Christian four box seats to Yankees home games the rest of the season. On Wednesday night, father Raul made good use of the tickets with a sweet diving grab on a foul ball:
We’ve seen some pretty sweet grabs on foul balls at baseball games, but there are very few catches that will earn the respect of men the way this will. Some guy in the pool at Chase Field in Arizona made a leaping grab on an Adrian Gonzalez home run ball and still managed to save his beer. Check out the video via Jose 3030:
I was impressed when a one-armed military vet caught a foul ball at a Yankees game recently, but the beer save was pretty sweet. Help us out here: which was better, the guy saving the beer, or this grab?
366 days after Rangers fan Tyler Morris fell at the Ballpark in Arlington going for a foul ball, another fan did the same thing. The difference is when Shannon Stone lost his balance and fell over the railing, it cost him his life. Here is the tragic video:
The man who died is Shannon Stone (pictured below), who has been a firefighter for nearly 18 years in Brownsville, Texas. As if the story isn’t tragic enough, this detail will truly make your heart break.
Just when we thought we had seen everything when it came to foul balls, we got something new. We’ve seen adults steal foul balls from children, mascots get hit in the throat by them, and guys catch them in their beer cups. Now, we present a one-armed military veteran who caught a foul ball at a Yankees game:
The gentleman’s name is Michael Kacer, a 29-year-old man from Waymart, Pennsylvania. Kacer spent 11 years with the National Guard and lost his arm in a rocket attack in Afghanistan in 2008. Along with over 20 other people, he attended the Yankees-Rockies game Friday night as part of Achilles International, “a New York-based nonprofit providing mainstream athletic opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Kacer got to meet Nick Swisher and Joe Girardi before the game, and he probably ended up being the most impressive figure after making that sweet grab.
The Phillie Phanatic made a rare appearance at a Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league game Wednesday night and got popped in the neck by a line drive. Check out the video:
The Phanatic ended up taking a trip to the hospital as we learned from Sportress of Blogitude, and he was released after being treated. USA Today reports that the man who wears the Phanatic costume, Tom Burgoyne, updated his health status on his Facebook profile:
“Hi Everyone – Thanks for all your posts, texts, emails. The Phanatic is fine. He took one off the neck last night it the Iron Pigs game. Since we’re soooo close, I felt his pain and have a nice golf ball-sized knot just above my eye. Bring on the A’s this weekend — the Phanatic will be ready!”
What should we call that, payback for the Phanatic messing with some fans who didn’t appreciate it? A taste of Karma? I bet you never realized how hazardous to one’s health being a mascot can be.
Last week we shared a video of a woman taking a ball away from a young child at a Twins-Royals game. That left us speechless. This video? Well this one just leaves us shaking our ahead and laughing in disgust. Check out this video of a Diamondbacks fan wrestling a ball away from a woman behind the dugout courtesy of Sharapova’s Thigh:
Between that video and this poster, I had no idea Diamondbacks fans were so hardcore. That guy better be two steps away from Warren in Something About Mary, otherwise he has very little reason to excuse his behavior. Who says the gentleman spirit isn’t alive in 2011?
With a headline like that, do we even need commentary? How does something like this happen at a Twins-Royals game while a Phillies fan — a Phillies fan of all people — was once seen giving a foul ball away to a young fan. And that was a foul ball he nearly dove onto the field for! Unless this woman has a sick child at home who had one request and that was for Mommy to bring home a foul ball, she has absolutely no excuse. Check out the video of a woman stealing a foul ball from a little girl, courtesy of Sportress of Blogitude:
Catching a foul ball over a little kid is still wrong, but at least you caught the foul ball. This lady literally took the ball out of the little girl’s hands. Speechless.