Here Is Definitive Proof That One’s Face Is Not Meant To Catch Foul Balls
Glenn Davis 09:31 am, August 30th, 2011
It's one of the thrills of going to a baseball game: the potential of catching a foul (or home run) ball. Sure, the odds aren't too good, but the mere chance that you could take home a souvenir from the actual game itself, for free, is enough to get many people's hopes up to the point that they'll bring a glove to the game, just in case. (In turn, glove-bringers spawned a cottage industry of making fun of glove-bringers.)
Even if bringing a glove isn't for grown-ups, though, it might have helped prevent an unfortunate little instance from last night's Yankees-Orioles game if one fan in the stands had brought one. During the ninth inning, Baltimore's Matt Wieters popped a foul ball into the stands down the third-base line, barely eluding the grasp of the Yankees' Eric Chavez. It didn't elude the grasp of the aforementioned fan...but it did bounce off his arm. And then, off a lady's face.
Thankfully it didn't appear to be anything too bad, but Chavez was looking back into the stands for a while, presumably checking to make sure this poor woman wasn't in too much pain. If the guy had a glove instead of the camera (or whatever he was holding in his hand), it might not have ultimately made the difference...but he might have had a better shot at it. And if the woman had one, she at least might have been able to guard her face better. Gloves at games aren't all bad, people.