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A kid pulled a Bartman in Minnesota last night

Jun 13, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT


I went to a Columbus Clippers game last Saturday. My seats were choice: first row, right at the dugout. The best part: being so close to the action and being just beyond the screen meant that I was in mortal fear of having my head taken off by a foul ball all game which, in turn, required me to pay total attention to every pitch.  Can’t remember the last time I was so engaged at a ballgame!

Worst part: that part of the park attracted a bunch of ball hawk kids, constantly leaning over the rail begging people in the dugout for balls. One kid even yelled at Andy LaRoche, asking for his bat. This right after LaRoche hit a home run. I said to the kid “what makes you think he wants to give up a bat he just hit a homer with?” The kid said “why should he care?” Oy. The sense of entitlement among today’s whippersnappers!

But sometimes that souvenir lust can go beyond annoying. It can actually impact the game itself:

With two on and two outs in the seventh inning, Philadelphia third baseman Mike Fontenot tracked a soft popup near the seats in foul territory to get the Phillies out of the inning.

Just as he was reaching up to make the catch, a young kid’s glove came over the top and snatched it away. Fontenot looked over and the youngster was wearing a Phillies cap and shirt. Minnesota’s Ben Revere followed with an RBI single, proving that these hard-luck Phillies just can’t catch a break.

I am informed by numerous previous comment threads that I am not to call this kid out, however. He is merely passionate. Or something.

(thanks to Kopy for the heads up)

  1. ajcardsfan - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    “Fontenot looked over and the youngster was wearing a Phillies cap and shirt.”
    Damn Craig, see what you’ve done…Phillies fans have started to troll themselves. I think the Men’s Journal survey was the last straw.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I hope Santa barfs batteries at him. 😉

  3. CJ - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    ah, if it’s a kid, let him be. If he was the age of Bartman, then yes, he’s dumb.

  4. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    the kid caught the ball directly above his head. he didnt reach out anywhere close to the field of play. sucks, but what 10 year old would have left his seat to get out of Fontenot’s way?

  5. Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    The ball was clearly in the seats so it was clearly fair game unlike the Bartman incident. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway because Philly rolled over last night. Again.

    Kopy, why are you giving Craig more Philly ammo? For this the Redstitches will be compelled to destroy the Springfield isotopes. You should prepare for defeat sir.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      It’s kopy’s way to avenge the Phightins using Minneapolis as a descension point of one of the Phan tours this season.

      • kopy - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Turning the temperature down at the end of the year is like turning the lights on in the bar at 3 AM. Gotta keep the riff-raff from moving into our ice palace.

        The Isotopes fear nothing. Once the internet man visits my new apartment I will be able to begin my Mr. Burns-like recruitment of 1993’s best players.

        Parting shot: The Twins are now closer to 1st place in their division than the Phillies in theirs.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Oddly enough, the Phightins are closer to the first place team’s record in the AL Central than they are in the NL East.

      • cur68 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        He uses voodoo, Kopy! Get your anti-hex bobblehead out! For the love of Dog man, do it before your pitching staff assplodes!

  6. stex52 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Bartman gets a bad rap. That was Moises Alou chasing the ball. He wasn’t going to catch it, anyway.

    Besides, the Cubs were ahead 3-0 when it happened. How are you going to blame Bartman for eight runs, one error, and associated intentional walks and wild pitches?

    And while I’m at it, that was only game 6 of the NLCS.

    It’s on the Cubs. Bartman was a scapegoat.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      But I thought they already had a goat to blame….

      • biasedhomer - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        One goat cannot hold the burden of a 100 years of losing.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        I guess it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s—or goat’s in this case—back?

  7. ndnut - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Neither the kid, nor Bartman reached over the fence. Sorry to burst your bubble, Cubs fans.

  8. monkeyjuice313 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    My most important goal in life is for my name to never be a verb.

    • Bryz - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Quit monkeying around.

      • monkeyjuice313 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Damn! My life’s work is ruined! Should’ve gotten outta the way of this article.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      I’m trying really hard to not imagine why you would be juicing a monkey.

      • cur68 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        To get it off his back?

      • monkeyjuice313 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Monkey juicing isn’t what you think. Wait, what do you think it is?

  9. Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    The kid did nothing wrong. He just stuck his hand up and caught it. Based on the trajectory of the ball and timing, it’s debatable whether Fontenot would’ve gotten to it in time anyway.

    But at least Fontenot just walked away and didn’t throw a hissy fit, or cursed out the kid or his parents.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      ZING! Only a player with “Natitude” could do such a thing.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        To slightly take this off topic, did you see this?

  10. Brandon Warne - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Andy LaRoche hit a HR.


  11. ncphilliesguy - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Even when the Phils have lost 9 of 10, Craig trolls us. Hey Craig, maybe you should say something about the last 2 Yankee home games at Turner Field and give us a break. Not too many Braves fans at Twins games.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Um…not too many Braves fans at Braves games, either…so what’s your point?

  12. charlutes - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Are you capable of enjoying a day at the ballpark?

  13. wilsonramosrescuerangers - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I was at the game last night. Fontenot would have made the catch. He didn’t have a fit like Moises did, he just went back to his position. The crowd was pretty appreciative of the kid’s effort (obviously).

  14. ndnut - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Dick Bremer was appreciative of the kid and another guy for not interfering letting a run score on a shot down the left field line.

  15. drsteller - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    The ball came down directly to the kid, in the stands, not out into the field. He had every right to catch it and regardless of the kid’s age, anyone would do what he did. When a ball is coming right down at you, you are watching it in to your glove and not paying attention to whether a player can reach in and catch it. These stories are ridiculous. A ball in the stands is up for grabs for any fan, no matter their age. We pay good money to watch these games. The ball means more to the fan than one game the Phillies were going to lose anyway.

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