So last week we were treated to a hilarious celebration by a fan who busted out the “sprinkler” dance as a celebration to his home run catch.
This got me thinking about some of the cool fan catches at stadiums I’ve seen in highlights over the years. So I figured, sharing some of my favorite… and not so favorite… catch attempts would be a cool light way to kick off articles for this year’s baseball season.
What else can you say. Making the catch without dropping your kid. Epic dad moment.
So adorable. Anyone can appreciate the preciousness of this video and the fantastic reaction of the crowd and the look on the fathers face.
Epic in almost every way. Men dream of having a perfect moment like this in their life at a sporting event. So many man points to hand out on this, although I might also take away some for spilling even a small amount of beer, no matter how cool you were being while doing it.
Not as cool as the beer but I think the cool part is the bottom nearly being blown out of the popcorn tub.
Not spilling the food, the most important detail and the detail that makes this an amazing catch.
The coolest of the cool. Not only do you get to make and incredible diving catch…into a pool… at the Home Run Derby… on TV… but that pool is also full of only women in bathing suits.
Yikes… I mean sure, you got the ball. But you injured your kid… watching that guy squish that kid awkwardly into the stadium seat brings back flashbacks to watching Million Dollar Baby in which the main character lands on that stool for some reason.
That’s just crappy parenting right there.
This one isn’t that bad. But when it’s just you and some little kid, let the kid have the ball. Honestly.
You know. That type of video makes me recall the time some woman clawed at my hands trying to rip a t-shirt away that I had caught. I mean, I was like 12 or something ridiculous (I don’t remember exactly) and this was a grown woman trying to take a cheesy promotional shirt from me at a game. I won though, got some nice scratches to go with my Cleveland Rockers shirt however. Yeah that’s right, I’ve been to a WNBA game for a team that no longer exists. Although that should help me date how old I was when this happened since the team was only around for five or six years. Wait, where was I? Oh right, baseball.
Terrible, and that is why that guy will never sit next to a girl like that in his life.
Skip to the 3:06 mark to see the “catch.” I couldn’t find a short version of this on YouTube. Dude just loses tons of man points for this. Not only does he fearfully recoil away from the ball at the last minute. But he lets the ball hit his date without trying to protect her. I remember this was viral for a short time, I think the couple even appeared on some talk shows. Which usually came off as awkward, but nonetheless funny.
Easily the ugliest of the ugly videos. I mean how can you be a human being, an adult no less, and do something like that. Not only that but then celebrate it? She rips that ball away from that little girl… ugh… it almost makes you angry. At least her terrible act was on TV for people to see.
What? No Steve Bartman or Jeffrey Maier catches? Sorry, I couldn’t find them on YouTube. The Maier catch would certainly be in the “Ugly” category. Not because it’s a bad catch, but because of the consequences of it and the way he was hailed as a hero in New York which is one of many great examples of the worst fans in sports being at their worst. Bartman would find his way into the “Ugly” category as well. But not for the reasons you might think. More because of the reactions and just ugly response to the incident. I strongly recommend the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Catching Hell. It goes into fantastic detail and gives incredible life to the Bartman story. Honestly, even if you don’t like sports it’s an amazing documentary. Anyway, while on the topic of documentaries about catching baseballs, Up For Grabs is another one I would recommend. It chronicles and examines the catching of Barry Bonds historic 73rd home run and the ensuing legal battles and drama that ensued.