This happened over the weekend and it still blows my mind. I've been watching baseball for 15+ years and I've never seen this before. Nothing has blow my mind quite like this since when I first found out that Nutella was invented by accident. I was shocked. You’d think something so good was designed on purpose but nope! Due to coco rationing during and shortly after WW2 an Italian baker used hazelnuts to make chocolate rations last longer (seriously look it up).
Much like Nutella what you’re about to see is pretty sweet and goes great with pretzels.
This gentlemen (named Bill) at an Oakland A’s game over the weekend caught foul balls on BACK TO BACK pitches like he's on the cover of Lethal Weapon.
No lie, I’ve never been so impressed in my life. Not by the athleticism, but just by the pure happenstance. How tf does that happen??
Maybe impressed isn't the right word, perhaps amazed? It’s just like the ultimate trick shot, except all parties involved weren't trying to accomplish what took place. That's what makes it so crazy. What are the odds of this happening on back to back pitches? (we'll get to that)
Think of all the factors that went into the equation that ended with this guy catching a foul ball. The pitch has to hit into foul territory by the batter (Sean Pinder) which is no guarantee. I mean look at Jackie Bradley, Jr. that dude can't foul off a single pitch with two strikes. Plus there's literally millions of outcomes of where the balls could've landed, but it ended up in Bill's hand. Then it happened again just moments later, on back to back pitches in case you're just jumping into the blog here.
Sean Pinder hit baseballs to essentially the exact same location on back to back swings. Seriously think about that. In batting practice where guys know what's coming they can't put the ball in the same spot twice (usually). The batter had to foul off back to back pitches to the exact same spot in a monstrous stadium. It's not like this happened Cleveland. This is the Coliseum. I know Oakland isn't exactly selling out every game so there's less people to fight over foul balls with, but Oakland also has the most foul territory in the bigs (and it's not even close) that makes it even more unbelievable. Foul balls usually stay in play in the dump by the bay. (sweet rhyme by me) It’s not like that’s what he’s trying to do either. Homie wants a hit, not for some rando to go viral on IG.
Whether you’re against grown adults bringing gloves to games or not (this guy caught them raw dog) I feel like most people can agree that catching a foul ball is one of the cooler things you can do as a fan in any sporting event. Idk what's even the comparison in other sports? A loose puck could legit kill you (so could a baseball but whatever).
What’s better? Catching a home run?
Maaaybe if you’re a female/gay dude getting a kiss from a player in a World Series celebration situation like Dee wanted with Ryan Howard is better?
Regardless, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. (catch a foul ball, not kiss a player...unless we're talking Daniel Nava or Kevin Youkilis) I’ve dreamt about being the guy who catches a foul ball at Fenway in his $12 bud light stacked on 7 empty cups/badges of honor for how much I’ve already drank/spent, then chugs the beer with the ball in it and go viral for 17 minutes. I think that'd be swell.
As a diehard baseball fan who’s been to around 40 games in my life I’ve never been able to catch a foul ball. Did catch two koosh-balls at Rosie o Donnell thoooooo. Sadly still no foul balls.
The closest I ever came was actually my first MLB game. It was August, 2nd 2004. The Red Sox had just traded Nomar just a few days before and a 12 year old Ryan not yet Dozah My-government name was in St. Pete watching the Red Sox play the Devil Rays. Tim Wakefield started (on his birthday) and won for the Sox. At some point during that game I tried to jump up and catch a foul ball.
Unfortunately 12 year old Dozo landed on his mom’s exposed toes causing severe pain and possible broken bones. However, in my defense (almost 14 years later) I warned her beforehand that it’s a bad idea to wear flip flops to a baseball game for this exact reason. "What if there's a foul ball mom?". Lesson learned. Sometimes pain in this best teacher. Due to MLB pussying out and adding protective netting to protect inattentive fans I’m worried that I’ll never catch one. Luckily up in the 300 levels at o.co whatever the fuck they’re calling that dump now collisiem that wasn’t an issue and didn’t stop this guy.
All things considered I feel like this has to be one of the “luckiest” things in all of life. Statistically I feel like the odds of this has to be less than winning the Powerball which are currently 1 in 175,000,000. Idk if this is how you figure it out but I just multiplied 47,170 by 47,170 (the current capacity of Oakland Coliseum) to represent all the possibilities of seats for foul balls to land. Since it'd be 1 in 47,170 for a ball to land in your seat and it happened twice I multiplied them together. The logic makes sense in my head. This doesn’t even factor the chance of not hitting a foul ball. I got 2,225,008,900. So the odds of this happening are 1 in 2,225,008,900. Makes your odds of winning the Powerball look like the odds of having your favorite number (under 36) hit in roulette. What an awesome, weird baseball moment.