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Fan at Padres game drilled by ball because he was busy posting to Facebook on his phone (Video)

A fan at Friday’s Padres-Reds game at Petco Park in San Diego learned the hard way why you always have to keep your head in the game. Travis Decker was drilled in the chest by a Will Venable foul ball and admitted during an interview with FOX Sports San Diego that he wasn’t paying attention because he was busy posting to Facebook from his mobile phone.

We’ve seen fans make catches at games while on their cell phone, but most of the time you’re going to end up hurt if a ball comes your way and you’re busy with your phone. The only good news for Decker is at least he wasn’t hit in the head like this guy.

Young fan makes great catch leaning over bullpen on Austin Jackson homer (Video)

If you’re going to bring a glove to the game, you might as well either be under the age of 12 or planning to make a great play. In fact, why not do both? A young Tigers fan had that covered on Tuesday night as he lunged over the bullpen to make a great stab on Austin Jackson’s fourth-inning, game-tying home run against the Twins.

The Twins fan who used his glove to make a nice grab a few weeks ago scored points because he was on his cell phone, but at the end of the day he’s a grown man. The play should have probably been made bare-handed. So far this week it’s kids who are doing it big. We already had this amazing popcorn bucket catch and now this. The young fans are on fire.

Braves fan catches a foul ball while holding a baby (Video)

Bringing babies to the ballpark is a scary thing. Great snag or not, I cringe every time I see a play like this on a highlight reel. As you can see from the video above, another fan made a tremendous play on a foul ball this week while holding a baby in his arm. From the the look of it the guy had a strong grip on the child, but I held my breath when he lunged for the ball. I guess if you’re going to bring a baby to the ballpark you might as well incorporate him or her into the act of souvenir collecting.

At least this Braves fan didn’t dangle his child over the wall to make the play like some fans we’ve seen. However, he is hardly a hero like the fan who caught the foul ball that was heading directly for the baby. That, in my opinion, is how you make a play.

Young fan at Astros game catches foul ball in his popcorn bucket (Video)

And the award for “Boss of the Year” goes to: the young kid at the Astros game who straight up caught a foul ball in his popcorn bucket during Thursday night’s game between Houston and San Diego. Who needs a glove? You’re going to buy snacks anyway, and those snacks can be just as effective in capturing a souvenir as a glove can be. If there were any scouts in attendance in Houston Thursday night, I hope they were taking note of this kid’s hand-eye coordination. Not only did he come down with the ball, he had to go up and challenge a guy that was three times his size to get it. This young man is a 100% winner.

I don’t know what it is about Astros fans, but they seem to make the whole foul ball thing look easy. Last season, we saw a fan in Houston make this amazing catch and he also wasn’t wearing a glove. I made the mistake of calling this guy a boss a couple of weeks ago, but the popcorn kid just made me realize how much better non-glove catches truly are. Nicely done, kid.

H/T Deadspin

Twins fan catches foul ball while on cell phone, plays it off like a boss (Video)

The more cell phone use we see at baseball games, the more great plays and embarrassing moments we will be treated to when balls go flying into the stands. On Tuesday night in Minnesota, the former came into play. As you can see from the clip above, a Twins fan made a nice stab on a foul ball down the first base line in the seventh inning. Yes, he was wearing a glove and it took a perfect bounce, but that’s not the point. The way he continued to chat on his phone like a boss while just handing the ball to his girl (assumption) was what made this play special.

Unlike this guy who accomplished a similar feat a little over a week ago, the Twins fan was not jumping for joy and soaking up as much attention as he could. If you’re an adult who wears a glove to a baseball game, this is precisely the way you should react when you make a play. If you’re an adult who is texting from a courtside seat at a basketball game, rough stuff like this happens.

H/T Deadspin

A’s fan catches foul ball while on cell phone (Video)

A fan at the Oakland A’s-Texas Rangers game on Monday night made a sweet grab on a foul ball, and he impressively did it while talking on the phone. Yup, the fan was able to haul in the foul ball — moments after missing a previous foul ball (video of that further below) — despite chatting up a pal.

In addition to bringing home a souvenir, the fan got to witness a no-hit bid by A’s rookie pitcher Jarrod Parker, who took a no-hitter into the 8th before it was broken up by a Michael Young single. At least the A’s still cruised to a 12-1 win.

Consider us impressed by the fan; when people talk on cell phones at games, the results are usually much worse.

Here’s another video that shows the same fan whiffing on a foul ball moments earlier:

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Rangers fans keep foul ball from little kid, make him cry (Video)

A couple of Texas Rangers fans pulled a major no-no at Wednesday night’s game: They kept a foul ball from a young kid. Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland tossed a foul ball into the stands, and the typical mad rush for the treasure unfolded. One couple came up with the ball, but they left the young child next to them in tears.

According to Jimmy Traina, who shared the video with us, the young boy ended up with a ball, but not that one. He says a different fan gave it to him. At least the kid eventually got a souvenir.

I only have one question for you. Which is worse? These Rangers fans who made the kid cry, this awful woman, or this evil man? They’re all pretty bad.