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The luckiest fan around

Sep 28, 2009, 10:28 AM EDT

I’ve been going to baseball games since the Carter administration and I’ve never even sniffed a foul ball. I think the closest I’ve ever been to getting a souvenir was six or seven rows. So you’ll understand my jealousy of one Brian Cardis:

While most fans go a lifetime without catching a foul ball, Cardis caught two in the upper deck in a span of four pitches with the Dodgers’ James Loney batting in the ninth inning Sunday.

Both plays were nearly the same – high popups that floated over the first deck, carried three rows deep into the club-level seats behind third base in the second deck and directly into Cardis’ glove.

I’d understand if he had to scramble for ‘em. It’s Pittsburgh in late September, so there’s maybe three dozen fans in the whole joint. But these went right to his glove. He was taking a picture of the first one with his phone when the second one came his way.

I’m not exactly sure why I’m jealous. It’s one thing to show off a foul ball back at school on Monday, but I’m in my mid-30s now and there really isn’t anyone who would be all that impressed if I flashed a James Loney foul ball at a staff meeting at work or at a party or something.

But I am jealous. And given that lightning seems to like to strike there, I’m going to see if this Cardis guy puts any of his season tickets on StubHub next summer.

  1. MikeS - Sep 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Just got my first after 40 years of games. May weekday day game, about 16,000 people there, the entire row in front of me empty and the two of us were the only ones in our row. Check swing bounces on the stairs and basically comes to a rest in the row in front of me. Reach over and pick it up. Some guy asks me if I want to give it to his kid. HECK NO! I’ve been waiting 40 years for that ball!

  2. RickyB - Sep 28, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    I have one foul ball to my credit, at Wrigley Field, Mike Harkey pitching and Eddie Murray at the plate for the Mets. I was sitting in the upper deck behind home plate, right in line with the first-base foul line. In the first inning, Murray fouled one back right at me, but it came up just short of the upper deck. Next pitch was right to me (never mind that I used my skillet to try and catch it and had to scramble to pick it up), and the next pitch was fouled off directly over my head five rows back. I thought I was going to get 4 or 5 balls that day. Nothing came close the rest of the game.

  3. Motherscratcher - Sep 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    34 years old and takes his glove to the game. (Slowly shaking my head with disapproval).

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