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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 24, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Foul-ball follies at Safeco, plus M’s minor-league report

Here‘s today’s minor-league report, with info on Michael Pineda’s sensational Triple-A debut for Tacoma yesterday. I’ll be writing about Pineda and other Mariner prospects in my Sunday baseball column, so be sure to look for that.

I thought I’d share an amusing e-mail I received from Michael Graham, a Seattle attorney who celebrated his 36th birthday at Safeco Field on Tuesday. He was accompanied by his father, who was visiting from Detroit; his wife; and a friend. Let Michael take it from there (be sure to check out the photos at the bottom):

“A Cubs batter hit a foul ball that went far over our heads, bounced off the second level wall above us, came racing back in our direction, and passed through a kid’s hat before tearing it out of his hand and landing in my beer!

Some guy two rows ahead climbed over and tried to take it out of my glass so he could give it to his kids. My friend covered the cup, and I gave the guy a proper obscenity laced talkin’ to once I figured out what was going on. After posing for a brief celebration picture, I heard the kid behind me lament to his father how close he came to catching a major league baseball. I gave him the ball.”

That’s why baseball is so great: You never know what’s going to happen at the ballpark. I had Michael clarify — yes, the kid he gave the ball to was the same one who nearly snagged the ball with his hat. Good for him.

“It looked like the ball was in or near his hat for a split second, but moved so fast that it threw his hat from his hand,” he wrote. “The hat landed on the seat in front of me and the ball in the beer. Once I realized how close he came to catching the ball, it seemed to me the most obvious choice to give it to him. After all, it’s just a ball.”

Here’s photographic evidence (since the commissioner’s signature is on every major-league baseball, this gives new meaning to the phrase, “This Bud’s for you!”):

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